NEW ISSUE! - Vallum 14:1 "Evolution" will be going to print very soon!
The upcoming issue includes a wide spectrum of poems—by Erín Moure, Phil Hall, Sonnet L’Abbé, George Elliott Clarke, Shane Book, and others—interpreting the theme scientifically, personally, linguistically, futuristically, among other surprising angles. This issue also features reviews of Alex Manley’s debut collection We Are All Just Animals & Plants, Laura Broadbent’s In On the Great Joke, Rob Taylor’s The News, and A.F. Moritz writes on Brian Campbell’s Shimmer Report. The digital edition boasts additional poetry content, audio recordings of the poems, an exclusive interview with Andy McGuire, and more.
Don’t miss out on this new installment of exceptional international and Canadian poetry—order the issue, or renew your subscription HERE!
NOT JUST A PRINT MAG - VALLUM DIGITAL EDITIONS!
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 Jessica Bebenek read her poem "The World Without," featured in issue 14:1.
Vallum 14:1 DIGITAL also contains honourable mentions for the 2016 Vallum Poetry Award, as well as poems from Alan Reed and Chris Riddell.
You can also download the FREE APP and FREE SAMPLE EDITION for your tablet, kindle or smartphone through PocketMags OR iTunes.
A month to bloom and prepare for the warm days ahead. March is the last month during which our second annual chapbook contest is accepting submissions, so get your poems together and submit! If you're located in Toronto, we'll be hosting a reading featuring Vallum poets who have published chapbooks in the past—a great opportunity to learn what sort of work we're looking for!
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VALLUM READING AT KNIFE | FORK | BOOK ON APRIL 1ST!
Vallum is hosting a reading at knife | fork | book in Toronto to showcase poets who have participated in the Vallum Chapbook Series and the Vallum Poetry Award.
Yusuf Saadi is the winner of the 2016 Vallum Chapbook Award. His writing has appeared in magazines including The Malahat Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, PRISM, and Vallum. He also won The Malahat Review’s 2016 Far Horizons Poetry Award. He recently completed his MA at the University of Victoria.
Julian Gobert is a writer, composer and filmmaker originally from Moose Jaw, SK and currently living in Toronto. He received a BMus from McGill University and an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College in Oakland, California. His poetry has previously appeared in Prism International, CV2, The Nashwaak Review, Carousel, and Prairie Fire. His chapbook Points of Departure was published by Vallum in 2010.
K.T. Billey's Vulgar Mechanics is a finalist for Lincoln Center’s Poet’s Out Loud Prize. Born and raised in rural Alberta, she won Vallum’s 2015 Poetry Contest and was an Arc 2016 Poem of the Year finalist. Her poems have appeared in various journals in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. She was awarded the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize by the American Scandinavian Foundation for Stormwarning, her translation of Stormviðvörun by Icelandic poet Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir (expected from Phoneme Media in 2018). Her Spanish-English translation of Chintungo by Soledad Marambio is currently on Ugly Ducking Presse’s poetry shortlist. TITO, her translation of Marcelo Simonetti’s most recent novel, is out this spring through Chile’s Directorate for Cultural Affairs. Essays and literary criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, BOMB, The Harvard Review, & others. She has an MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Teaching Fellow in Poetry despite Not Being a Fellow at All. She teaches at FIT in Manhattan and is pumped to move home to Canada later this year!
Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. She was an honourable mention for the 2016 Vallum Poetry Award. She is the poetry editor at The Puritan and a co-founder of Desert Pets Press, a chapbook press.
The event will be hosted by Vallum's own Jay Ritchie. Save the date, it's going to be a blast! We will have our limited edition chapbooks for sale. Event details can be found here.
MARCH IS THE LAST MONTH TO SUBMIT TO THE VALLUM CHAPBOOK AWARD 2017!
Send your best manuscript of poems to be considered for the Vallum Chapbook Award 2017!
First Prize: Publication + $125!
The winning manuscript will be published as an edition of the Vallum Chapbook Series, a collection of carefully selected titles by both established and upcoming authors. Each chapbook is professionally edited and classically designed to be a book object to be proud of!
Submit your manuscript of 12-20 pages of original, previously unpublished poems!
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.
Other poets published as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series include Nicole Brossard, George Elliott Clarke, Franz Wright, Fanny Howe, John Kinsella, and more!
Visit our website HERE for a complete list of Vallum's chapbook authors.
THE 2017 VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!
Our judge this year is Nicole Brossard. An important voice in poetry over the last 40 years, she has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and has twice won the Governor General's Award for Poetry. In 2016 she won a Pushcart Prize for poems published in Vallum, which were excerpted from her Vallum chapbook A Tilt in the Wondering. We are honoured to have her as our judge!
First Prize: $750 + publication
Second Prize: $250 + publication
Visit our contest page for the full details. ______________________________________
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