NEW ISSUE! - Vallum 11:2 "SPEED" is available now!

We often wonder what the world would be like if it wasn’t in such a rush. Speed is the defining aspect of the contemporary world. Time slips by at an unprecedented rate. In this issue, poems of Speed and Travel by Jan Zwicky, Karen SolieGary BarwinEvelyn LauIain Higgins and more! An exclusive interview with bill bissett and a review of Ron Silliman and others. Photography by Tobias Hutzler

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In the midst of chaos, a little humour is often necessary. Even in the most trying of times, humanity has been able to see the lighter side of things, to commune with the part of life that is meant for happiness and enjoyment. 12:2 will feature poetry that is funny, absurd, comedic, in its various and different forms. A little doggerel, light verse, limerick or rhyme—all will work to create a kind of humour that will give us some respite from today’s grime and grind. Send us your best work!

DEADLINE:  May 1, 2015



SEND US YOUR BEST!Vallum's 2015 Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions. Send us your winning poems! 

This year's Vallum Award for Poetry is judged by Stephanie Bolster and offers a FIRST PRIZE OF $750 and a SECOND PRIZE OF $250. Poets may submit up to three poems of maximum of 60 lines each.

You can find more information HERE.



Mark the Date:
February 19th.

Put on a warm coat and come to Argo Bookshop in downtown Montreal for the launch of Mary di Michele's THE MONTREAL BOOK OF THE DEAD

For more details, visit us at our Facebook page HERE.  

Argo Bookshop
1915 Ste. Catherine Ouest, Montreal

Doors open at 7pm



by Mary di Michele 

“Envisioning the passage of time under the “full and unwaning” moon of Mont Royal’s beacon cross, di Michele recalls her Italian immigrant parents in Toronto and her current life in Montreal.  This sequence, a sort of decameron, written with her customary brightness and gracefulness of diction, concludes at a deserted customs office where no one wants to see her passport:  the truly borderless place of poetry itself.”  
– Sharon Thesen

Order yours now HERE



download (2) 7A Remarkable Grey Horse
by Thurston Moore & John Kinsella

A Tilt in the Wondering
by Nicole Brossard

Recurring Awakening
by Franz Wright

The Gospel of X
by George Elliott Clarke

Buy them online at 0s&1s HERE ! 



Kobo-ad---336x280 (2)The 49th Shelf has a special holiday offer of 50% off Canada's literary and cultural magazines. In addition, if you subscribe to Vallum for Kobo now you could win a Kobo Arc 10HD prize pack! 

To subscribe or read more about the offer, please visit the 49th Shelf's website HERE



Since 2003, Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters has been hosting literacy and poetry workshops in elementary and high schools, abuse shelters, native shelters, senior centres, as well as other community organisations. 

Every year our outreach program connects one-on-one with nearly 500 individuals to help improve their reading, writing, oral, and analytical skills, as well as to foster a stronger sense of a literate and literary community. This year, we have held workshops at the Chez Doris women's shelter, The Montreal Native Women's Shelter, Welcome Hall Mission, Association québécoise des personnes aphasiques (AQPA), Tyndale Children's Library, Montreal English School Board, and the Boys and Girls Club Lasalle!   

All of this has only been possible through your support – a community who sees the value of literature to inspire, connect and educate.   

Thanks so much to our donors, facilitators, hosts, interns, and amazing participants! 

To read more about our Poetry for Our Future! outreach program, visit our website HERE



donateVallum would like to remind you, our reader, of the community work that Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters does. Vallum is a federally incorporated charity that promotes literacy and literacy awareness through workshops in schools, women's shelters, native shelters, youth shelters, missions, and other community organisations.

As of this year, Vallum has been approved for the Quebec government Mécénat program, which is a superb fundraising opportunity because each fully tax-deductable donation to Vallum is being matched three-to-one. For every ten dollars you donate to Vallum, thirty dollars will go toward a greater understanding of literature and literacy.

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5038 Sherbrooke West
PO BOX 23077 CP Vendome
Montreal, QC H4A 1T0




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"What rewards and satisfies the most about the poems in Vallum is their use of language. I donít know how often Iíve read a journal containing poems of the same style that might have been written by the same poet. This is not true of Vallum where language is witty, startling, sardonic, obscene, often (and I canít believe Iím using this word) - lovely."
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