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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The winning poems by Ali Blythe, Brian Henderson, Judy Little, and Roberta Senechal will appear in our next issue, 15:1 "Forgetting"!

Learn more about our poetry contest here______________________________________


Last month we hosted the fourth edition of our Poetry Pop-up Shop! 

Thank you to the Concordia Co-op Bookstore, featured poets Stephanie BolsterCatherine Cormier-LaroseJeffery Mackie and Derek Webster, and everyone who came out for a fun afternoon of on-the-spot poetry. 

If you couldn't make it this time, don't despair: we're planning many more pop-up shops throughout the city, so look out for the next edition in the near future! 



To celebrate the launch of Vallum 14:2 "Lies & Duplicity," we had not one but two launches! 

Our Toronto launch featured Antony Di Nardo, David Bradford, Bill Howell, Josh Stewart, Zach Pearl, j tate barlow, and JoAnn Balingit, as well as a special musical tribute to Leonard Cohen by Daniel Renton.

Our Montreal launch featured Mark GrenonMary Lee BraggSimon BrownAlex Tkachuk, and Susan Gillis

Thank you to all the readers for sharing your work with us, and to everyone who joined us for these spectacular launches. Vallum 14:2 is available for order on our website



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're looking forward to workshops lead by Jessica Bebenek and Susan Reynolds this fall as a part of our Poetry for our Future! program.

Sue Reynolds is a writer, teacher and psychotherapist who focuses on writing for therapeutic benefit. She has won awards for her YA novel, short stories, poems and non-fiction. 

This month, Sue will be facilitating a workshop in the correctional facility in Lindsay, with the aim of encouraging the craft of writing to writers of all experience levels.  

Jessica Bebenek is a poet, non-fiction writer, and transdisciplinary artist who splits her time between Toronto and Montreal. 

Jessica will be leading four workshops with the Youth Social Club at Spectrum Productions during the months of October and November.



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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