NEW ISSUE! - Vallum 14:2 "Lies & Duplicity" is now available!

Featuring poetry by John Kinsella, Mary Jo Bang, Susan Gillis, David Eso, Elisa Gabbert and more! Plus a conversation with Pultizer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout and an excerpt from an upcoming chapbook by Bhanu Kapil.This issue also features reviews of Aisha Sasha John’s I Have to Live, Catriona Wright’s Table Manners, Erin Robinsong’s Rag Cosmology, and Molly Peacock’s The Analyst. The digital edition boasts additional poetry content, audio recordings of the poems, a video from Jane Munro, and more. Artwork for this issue is from Benoît Paillé.

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 j tate barlow read her poem "Rescue" featured in issue 14:2.

Vallum 14:2 DIGITAL also contains a review of Elana Wolff’s Everything Reminds You of Something Else, as well as poems from Shazia Hafiz Ramji and Simon Perchik.

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Vallum Society for Education in Arts and Letters (VSEAL) wishes to thank Quebec Culture and Granting agencies for their continuing support.

La société de Vallum tient à remercier les organismes de la culture et des organismes subventionnaires du Québec pour leur soutien continu.




We're excited to announce that the Vallum Chapbook Award 2018 is now open for submissions!

1st Prize:
$300 and publication as a part of the Vallum Chapbook Series.

Join the club with some of the most renowned poets published as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series, including, Nicole Brossard, George Elliott Clarke, Franz Wright, Fanny Howe, John Kinsella, and more!

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Click here for more information and to submit your manuscript.



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“Poems don’t give answers to anyone—they are words on a page that you read and interpret, raising questions you have to answer for yourself...Nowhere is this truer than in the “Lies and Duplicity” issue of Vallum.”

Vallum Issue 14:2 "Lies and Duplicity" has been reviewed on! Visit their website to read the full review.



Don't forget to check out this year's Pushcart Nominees! Read our nominations and check out their poems here.



We're excited to announce the release of the latest title in the Vallum Chapbook Seriesentre-Ban by Bhanu Kapil

entre-Ban is a collection of notes taken by Bhanu Kapil during the writing of her 2015 book, Ban en Banlieue. Inside are deletions, dedications, invitations, the smell of burnt hair, caves, violence. The fragmented text oscillates between the global and the hyper-local, the past and the present, the institutional and the personal, in its steady unfolding of experience and history. entre-Ban was written, in Kapil’s own words: “...for anyone who is oily, overly present, or existing beneath a dominant gaze.”

Bhanu Kapil is the author of five books, most recently Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2015) and the re-issue of Incubation: a space for monsters (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). Born in the U.K. to Indian parents, she now lives and works in Colorado. Her current long-term projects include a re-writing [emptying out] of “Ban”— of which a succession of mutations and deletions are included in this chapbook. She is also writing a novel on yellow paper, a re-telling of the childhood classic, The Secret Garden.

You can get your copy today through our online store.  



Congratulations to Ali Blythe, whose poem "Waking in the Preceding" is the winner of the 2017 Vallum Award for Poetry! Ali will receive a prize of $750 and the winning poem will be published in the upcoming Vallum Issue 15:1 "Memory & Loss."

Congratulations as well to second prize winner Brian Henderson, who will receive $250 and whose poem "The Incommensurate" will also appear in our upcoming issue.

Honourable mentions include "Ur Signs" by Judy Little and "After Eden" by Roberta Senechal, both of which will also be published in Issue 15:1. 

Thank you again to everyone who entered this year's contest, as well as this year's judge Nicole Brossard!



Thank you to everyone who came out to the launch of our latest chapbook titles: entre-Ban by Bhanu Kapil, and Mind of Spring by Jami Macartywinner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award.

Thank you to Jami MacartyJason Camlot and Mary di Michelle for joining us, as well as Klara Du Plessis for reading an excerpt from entre-Ban

Get your copies of Mind of Spring and entre-Ban from our online store



Jami Macarty, Greg Santos, Jessica Bebenek, Susan Reynolds, and Kama La Mackerel have been leading a number of workshops this season as a part of our Poetry for our Future! program.

Greg Santos facilitated a workshop this November with RECLAIM Literacy, a non-profit in the St-Henri neighbourhood of Montreal, that provides free literacy services to English-speaking adult learners ranging from 30-85 years.

Sue Reynolds will continue to facilitate workshops over the course of December at the Central East Correct Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario. Sue leads workshops in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Method, a way of facilitating writing groups with a 33 year history of creating and holding a safe space for writers to develop their voices and their craft. 

Jessica Bebenek will continue to lead workshops with the Youth Social Club at Spectrum Productions during this month. The Youth Social Club is aimed specifically at youth aged 8 to 14 on the autism spectrum to encourage social engagement and build skills in a judgement-free environment.  

Kama La Mackerel will be leading a series of workshops in November and December titled Our Bodies, Our Stories for QTBIPOC (Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) aged 16 to 24. Facilitated at Project 10, this series will offer participants the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills and to cultivate their poetic deliveries through performance. 

We also had the opportunity to host a workshop in Montreal this month by visiting Vallum chapbook author Jami Macarty. Jami's workshop, titled "Intention: Where Does the Poem Want to Go?", helped poets develop their skills in editing and revision. We'll be hosting more workshops that are free and open to the public in the new year, so stay tuned for more announcements about that in the coming months!

Visit our website today to earn more about our workshop facilitators and partner organizations, and look  out for more exciting programming from Poetry for our Future! in the new year. 



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 Culture et Communications Québec .

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.


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