NEW ISSUE! - Vallum 11:1 "Thresholds" is available now!

Forcing us over the edge of the familiar and past the thresholds of what we know or think we know, this issue features work from Evelyn LauGeorge Elliott ClarkeJeramy Dodds, Joshua TrotterAdam DickinsonJohn Kinsella and many more! Don’t miss out on this new installment of exciting international and Canadian poetry – order the issue, or renew your subscription here!


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Vallum News

JULY 2014



Cryptogram: 1. a text written in code; 2. a symbol or figure with secret or occult significance.

In conjunction with our annual poetry contest the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014, through our Cryptographic Adventure, we offered the first person who guessed correctly, a chance to enter the contest for free!

Every week we released an encrypted line taken from poems by our mystery poet along with a clue to decoding the cipher.

This year's winner is Jacqueline Hanna! Congratulations Miss Hanna!

To see all the ciphers for Vallum's Cryptographic Adventure, click here!



Congratulations to Patrick Lane for WINNING SILVER at the 37th National Magazine Awards in the category of poetry! Vallum is proud to have published Patrick Lane's nominated poems, "Arroyo" and "Soft and Moist, Hard and Dry," in our issue Reflections. 

To see a full list of winners, you can visit the NMA's website HERE



This JULY 2014, Vallum will be releasing a new chapbook, A Remarkable Grey Horse, by award-winning poet John Kinsella, and Sonic Youth's founder Thurston Moore.

"A Remarkable Grey Horse is collaborative writing at its best. What could be more exciting for poetry than the collision of skateboards, Doris Day, punk rock, lighthouses, spume, skuzz, and Rimbaud?!" 

To preorder A Remarkable Grey Horse, become a Vallum subscriber, or renew your subscription, visit our online store HERE!



Vallum is a federally incorporated charity that promotes literacy and literacy awareness through workshops in schools, women's shelters, native shelters, youth shelters, and missions. Your support is greatly appreciated.

As of this year, Vallum has been approved for the Quebec government's Mécénat program, which means 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!




In addition to charitable donations, Vallum is always in need of dedicated poets and poetry educators to lead our workshops. If you or someone you know would like to take part in our outreach program and improve literacy, please contact us at

Alternatively, if you're involved in an organization whose clientele would benefit from our program, please also get in touch with us!

To read more about Vallum's community outreach, click here.



Nicole Brossard Chapbook

Blending meaning and language, thought and ideas, English and French, Nicole Brossard's A Tilt In The Wondering intimately confuses understanding and the basis by which we judge our own reality. Please follow this link to read more about it!


Vallum's Mailing Address Has Changed!
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5038 Sherbrooke West
PO BOX 23077 CP Vendome
Montreal, QC H4A 1T0



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"Surely there are words to encapsulate the whole of eclectic and colorful collection of original art, poetry, and essays that unravel the world from bizarre and fantastic perspectives ... a refreshing variety of style and range of voice."
- Utne Reader / Link to the full article

"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."
- Literary Magazine Review / Link to the full article

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- Bloomsbury Review

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- The New Pages Literary Magazine Stand

"An impressive lineup of poets."
- The Montreal Mirror

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