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

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’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.

Buy your digital copy HERE

You can also download the FREE APP and FREE SAMPLE EDITION for your tablet, kindle or smartphone through  PocketMags OR iTunes.



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Cason Sharpe 
has joined the Vallum team as our new Publicist! Cason is one half of the podcast Two Hungry Children, as well as the Web Coordinator for carte blanche. His first collection of stories, Our Lady of Perpetual Realness, is forthcoming from Metatron Press this fall.

We're excited to have him on our team!



From now until September 30, 2017, get a one-year subscription to both Vallum and Maisonneuve magazine for only $30.00!

That's a total of two issues of Vallum and four issues of Maisonneuve, which have a combined value of $44.95. This limited time offer represents a 33% discount on both magazines!

If you already have a subscription to Vallum and would like to take advantage of this offer, we will simply add a year to your existing subscription.

Maisonneuve has won Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards in 2004, 2012, and 2016, among many other awards. We are very excited to be partnering with this incredible team - take advantage of this offer before it's too late!



The long wait is finally over! Vallum 14:2 "Lies & Duplicity" will be released later this month. You can pre-order the issue in our online store. To celebrate, we're having not one, but two launches. 

If you're in Toronto, join us on September 21st from 6:30pm-9pm at the Poetry Jazz Cafe for live readings from some of the poets featured in Issue 14:2, including Julie MannellAntony Di Nardo, David BradfordBill HowellJosh StewartZach Pearlj tate barlow, and JoAnn Balingit!

If you're in Montreal, join us the following week on September 28th from 7pm-10pm at The Emerald for live readings from Mark GrenonMary Lee BraggSimon BrownAlex Tkachuk, and Susan Gillis



Join us on Thursday, September 21st from 12pm to 4pm at the Concordia Co-op Bookstore for the latest edition of our poetry pop-up shop!

Drop by and commission a personalized poem written for you on-the-spot by a local Montreal poet. All donations will go towards our Poetry for our Future! program. We'll also have issues of Vallum available at a discounted price!

For this edition of our poetry pop-up shop, we'll be joined by Stephanie Bolster, Jeffery Mackie, Catherine Cormier-Larose and Derek Webster. Join us for an afternoon of spontaneous, on-the-spot poetry!



Our minds are like labyrinths, we remember, we forget. Sometimes, the past is the hardest thing we have to confront. Forgetting and letting go of what haunts us is often an impossible task, but something we must go through in order to find any kind of resolution. In other forms, forgetting can be a curse, like struggling with Alzheimer’s or misplacing one’s possessions. How does "Forgetting" figure in your lives and in your poems?

The editors at Vallum are committed to enriching and continuing the tradition of poetry in the present day. We welcome submissions that deepen our understanding of what poetry is and can be. We encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with mental or physical illnesses, and writers who are otherwise affected by structural inequality to submit their work for consideration.

Send us your best poems! For more information, visit our submission page.

DEADLINE: November 15th, 2017



We'll be at Word on the Street in Toronto on September 24th!

We'll be at "Magazine Mews" in Zone 1 of the festival. Visit us to get the latest issue of Vallum in person, at a discounted rate.

Click here for a map of the festival.



Thanks to everybody who tuned in to our first Facebook Live event featuring Klara du Plessis and Jeramy Dodds. Look forward to more of these discussions in the future!

If you missed the live broadcast, the full discussion can be found on our Facebook page.


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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- Utne Reader / Link to the full article

"What rewards and satisfies the most about the poems in Vallum is their use of language. I don’t know how often I’ve 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 can’t believe I’m using this word) - lovely."
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