NEW ISSUE! - Vallum 12:1 "SURRENDER" is available now!

There are many ways in which surrender manifests: joy, despair, a willingness to give up one’s “totality” for someone or something other than ourselves. We surrender to vices, to glory, to the divine, or to the void. In this issue, poets such as Christopher Levenson, Tim Lilburn, Pamela Porter, Paul Vermeersch, and Leland James, along with artist Maya Flore ask: what does it mean to bend, to yield?

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 2015


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SUMMER HOURS ! 

Please note that our office will be closed for two weeks (August 27 - September 6). Any email, phone, or mail inquires sent during that time will be responded to upon our return.

HAPPY SUMMER! 

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FINAL CALL FOR THE VALLUM AWARD
FOR POETRY 2015 ! 

You have until midnight TODAY to enter Vallum's 2015 Poetry Contest! Send us your best poems! 

This year's Vallum Award for Poetry is judged by Stephanie Bolster and offers a FIRST PRIZE of $750 and a SECOND PRIZE of $250. Poets may submit up to three poems of maximum of 60 lines each.

DEADLINE: JULY 15th
@ MIDNIGHT (postmarked)


Contest rules and guidelines for submissions can be read HERE! 

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ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF VALLUM'S
SECRET POEM WORD GAME !


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Grace Vermeer was the first participant to guess Mina Loy's poem "Lunar Baedeker" for our mini-contest. She has been awarded free entry to the Vallum Award for Poetry 2015 - Congratulations!

We are pleased to announce the runners-up, who also guessed correctly: Adrienne Young, Nneka Nnagbo, Kent Ross, Linda Nguyen, Shannon Kernaghan, Carolyn Nakagawa, Michael Polling, and Brandi Estey-Burtt.

Today's the FINAL DAY to SUBMIT to the Vallum Award for Poetry contest! Deadline isJULY 15th.  

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STAY TUNED FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH
MONICA MCCLURE !

Monica McClure is the author of Tender Data (Birds LLC, 2015), as well as the chapbooks Mala (Poor Claudia, 2014) and Mood Swing (Snacks Press, 2013).

Her work has been featured by the Poetry FoundationPublisher's Weekly, the Huffington PostNPR, and many other places.

Our social media intern will be interviewing the NYC-based poet and performer for our upcoming digitial issue.


To purchase Vallum's digital edition in advance, please visit our online store HERE


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THE VALLUM POEM OF THE WEEK ! 

Last year's First Prize winner of the Vallum Award for Poetry is the Vallum Poem of the Week.

Visit our blog to read and listen to "The Long Study" by Alexei Perry Cox.

SUBMIT to this year's contest - deadline is JULY15th @ MIDNIGHT (postmarked)

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VALLUM'S FEATURED REVIEW !
 

download (2) 7WHAT DOES A HOUSE WANT?Selected Poems by Gary Geddes

Review by David Swartz

In What Does A House Want? Gary Geddes brings a full chorus of voices to the table, speaks loudly about relevant contemporary issues, is imaginative, rich, varied, and deeply political. Unlike what one might have expected out of a new book of poetry in 2014, Geddes’ collection is about collectedness itself ...

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"ALL OF YOU ARE PERFECT AS YOU ARE AND YOU COULD USE A LITTLE IMPROVEMENT" 

Shunryu Suzuki knows how we feel! 

In an effort to continuously improve our magazine, we invite you to take a short SURVEY. 

It's only 10 questions long and you'll be entered into a draw for one of the following prizes

- One-year digital subscription
- Two digital back issues
- Two digital chapbooks from our chapbook series

Your participation is crucial to our success. With limited funds, staff, and time, we've kept Vallum going since 2001, and we want to take it even further!

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FORTHCOMING COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS !

In the upcoming weeks, Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters (VSEAL) will be partnering with several organisations to hold our Poetry for Our Future!workshops. These workshops focus on poetry as a tool for literacyliteracy awarenessadvocacy, and healing within Montreal communities.

Partner organisations for upcoming workshops include, the Centre for Gender Advocacy, Christ Church Cathedral, the Native Women's Shelter of MontrealSt. Lawrence Academy Jr., Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre, and the Boys and Girls Club Lasalle

We are also working on scheduling more workshops to take place later this year. 

 an organisation or are an individual interested in hearing more about VSEAL's Poetry for Our Future! outreach program, please visit our website HERE. Or feel free to send us an email at outreach@vallummag.com.

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SPECIAL FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY!

donateVallum is a federally incorporated charity that promotes literacy and literacy awareness through workshops in schools, women's shelters, native shelters, youth shelters, missions, and other community organisations.

As of this year, Vallum has been approved for the Quebec government Mécénat program, which is a superb fundraising opportunity because 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.

To make a donation of any amount, please visit us at CanadaHelps.org

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Vallum's Mailing Address:

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

"Surely there are words to encapsulate the whole of Vallum...an 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 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."
- Literary Magazine Review / Link to the full article

"…establishing this publication as one of the top poetry magazines in the country. The layout and design are fantastic, and the full-colour artwork is magnificent, both complementing the fabulous writing...a fabulous magazine, with the quality of a fine book."
- WORD

"This Canadian journal makes a bid to be international."
- Bloomsbury Review

"Vallum's mix of poetry, prose, and visual art is audacious and exciting.... If the vigorous writing in this journal is any indication it's only a matter of time before the world catches on... This new magazine has a beautiful artistic look and feel."
- The New Pages Literary Magazine Stand

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

"Beautifully printed and not a little self-willed."
- Literary Magazine Review

"Vallum is passionate, ethereal, realistic and provocative, responding to change and movement of time, raising questions of the reader and proffering various solutions."
- Incwriters Society

 



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