NEW ISSUE! - Vallum 14:1 "Evolution" is now on news stands!

This issue includes a wide spectrum of poems—by Erín Moure, Phil Hall, Sonnet L’Abbé, George Elliott Clarke, Shane Book, and others—interpreting the theme scientifically, personally, linguistically, futuristically, among other surprising angles. This issue also features reviews of Alex Manley’s debut collection We Are All Just Animals & Plants, Laura Broadbent’s In On the Great Joke, Rob Taylor’s The News, and A.F. Moritz writes on Brian Campbell’s Shimmer Report. The digital edition boasts additional poetry content, audio recordings of the poems, an exclusive interview with Andy McGuire, and more.

Artwork for this issue is from Jason deCaires Taylor. Creator of the world's first underwater sculpture park, Taylor uses pH neutral materials in his sculptures to promote coral growth. His work is a commentary on marine conservation and climate change more generally. We are thrilled to have photographs of his work grace our pages!

Don’t miss out on this new installment of exceptional international and Canadian poetry—order the issue, or renew your subscription HERE!


Vallum magazine is also available in digital format. Featuring additional content such as AUDIO and VIDEO recordings of selected poets, further poems, interviews, essays, and MORE! Click play to listen to Jessica Bebenek read her poem "The World Without," featured in issue 14:1.

Vallum 14:1 DIGITAL also contains honourable mentions for the 2016 Vallum Poetry Award, as well as poems from Alan Reed and Chris Riddell.

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Our judge this year is Nicole Brossard. An important voice in poetry over the last 40 years, she has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and has twice won the Governor General's Award for Poetry. In 2016 she won a Pushcart Prize for poems published in Vallum, which were excerpted from her Vallum chapbook A Tilt in the Wondering. We are honoured to have her as our judge!

First Prize: $750 + publication

Second Prize: $250 + publication

Visit our contest page for the full details.



Jami Macarty wins for Mind of Spring!

Jami Macarty is the author of Landscape of The Wait, a chapbook of poems focusing on her nephew William’s car accident and year-long coma (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival (1996-2005), she currently teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, serves as a Poetry Ambassador for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose, is a co-founder and editor of the online poetry journal The Maynard, and writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series for Anomaly (FKA Drunken Boat). A recipient of grants from Arizona Commission on the Arts, Banff Center, and BC Arts Council, a Pushcart Prize nominee, a finalist for the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award, and the winner of the Real Good Poem Prize, her poems appear in various journals including, Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Drunken Boat, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prism international, and Volt, and are forthcoming in Contemporary Verse 2 and EVENT.

Her Vallum Chapbook Award-winning manuscript Mind of Spring will be published this fall! Click here to view the complete shortlist.



Thanks to everyone who came out to our pop-up shop and made it a success!

All donations made will go towards our Poetry for Our Future! outreach program, which hosts workshops in schools, shelters, and charitable organizations throughout Montreal. These workshops focus on literacy, creative writing, literary appreciation, and self-expression as empowerment. Some of our partners can be seen here.



Our office assistant Kian tabled at the Ottawa Small Press Book Fair last week!

It was wonderful to meet so many other literary publishers and catch up with old friends at the event.

If you missed out but would still like to get your hands on some Vallum magazines and chapbooks, visit our online store!


RECLAIM Literacy

Greg Santos continues to lead workshops at RECLAIM Literacy in St. Henri to great success!

RECLAIM Literacy is a community-based, not-for-profit that provides free and confidential literacy services to English-speaking adult learners ranging from 30-85 years. They have been posting poems from Greg's workshop on their Facebook, and we wanted to share one with you here. From a participant named Barbara:

I can see myself on Kangaroo Island
Someday in this lifetime
Living in a hut on the red sea
Drinking rum and coke in a red dress
Sitting on a rock

Click here to learn more about our Poetry for Our Future! program.



It has always been true that magazine sales, subscriptions, and, yes, even grants, are not enough to fund the operating costs of running a poetry magazine.

We are asking you - our reader, friend, contributor – to make a donation.

And there's never been a better time. Every $1 of your donation becomes $3.


This year Vallum has been approved for the Quebec Government Mécénat Placements Culture program, administered by the Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec.

This program will match every donation made to Vallum at 300%, a part of which will be invested and returned after a 2-year period and the remainder after a 10-year period. Help us seize this amazing opportunity by donating what you are able. Every dollar counts (and is tripled!).

Here is exactly how far your money goes:

$10: Cover the cost of printing and mailing one copy of Vallum
$50: Pay one contributor for their poetry
$125: Finance a poetry workshop for an underserved community in Montreal
$500: Fund the artists whose work graces our pages
$1000: Sponsor our internship program
10$/month: Provide stability for operating costs

We will reward your generosity with a charitable tax receipt and a mention on our donor page (if desired). Your contribution makes it possible not only for Vallum to continue publishing, but for poetry to continue to flourish far into the future.


Vallum's Mailing Address:

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








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