The Canadian Poetry Association (CPA) is a grass-roots organization dedicated to promoting the reading, writing, publishing and preservation of poetry in Canada through the individual efforts of members; promoting communication among poets, publishers and the general public; encouraging leadership and participation from members and to encourage the formation and development of local chapters.


The CPA began in Toronto, Ontario, as a collective on 16 January 1985 with its first Board of Directors: Shaunt Basmajian, James Deahl, Wayne Ray, Beverley Daurio, Chris Faiers, & Ted Plantos [1], and after 20 years has reformed its aims and objectives and is headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick.

The CPA published POEMATA, a quarterly journal for its members and the general public, filled with poetry, articles news and literary contests. The CPA sponsored the Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award and several other poetry and chapbook contests open to both members and the general public.

CPA AnthologiesEdit

The Canadian Poetry Association's Signature Series

CPA Poetry Chapbook SeriesEdit

includes CPA BookClub Booklits 1991-1995Edit

Basmajian Chapbook Award WinnersEdit

Famous Canadian Poets 5 CD CollectionEdit

  • 1976 Original audio tape / 2001 CD publication, 2 - thirty minute readings per CD

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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