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.
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VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2017 WINNERS!
Congratulations to Ali Blythe, whose poem "Waking in the Preceding" is the winner of the 2017 Vallum Award for Poetry! Ali will receive a prize of $750 and the winning poem will be published in the upcoming Vallum Issue 15:1 "Memory & Loss."
Congratulations as well to second prize winner Brian Henderson, who will receive $250 and whose poem "The Incommensurate" will also appear in our upcoming issue.
Honourable mentions include "Ur Signs" by Judy Little and "After Eden" by Roberta Senechal, both of which will also be published in Issue 15:1.
Thank you again to everyone who entered this year's contest, as well as this year's judge Nicole Brossard!
The launch will take place on Friday November 24th at 7pm, at Librarie Drawn & Quarterly. Joining Jami are past Vallum chapbook authors Mary di Michelle and Jason Camlot. For more information, visit our Facebook event. Hope to see you there!
The next day, Saturday, November 25th, Jami Macarty will facilitate a workshop titled "Intention: Where Does the Poem Want to Go?" where she will help participants edit and restructure their poems. Space is limited, so sign up today to ensure your place! Email email@example.com.
PRESS FAIRS GALORE!
We'll be at no less than three press fairs this month!
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 "Memory & Loss" 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.
Four facilitators lead workshops 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.
In October, Sue facilitated four workshops at the Central East Correct Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario. Sue leads workshops in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) Method, a way of facilitating writing groups with a 33 year history of creating and holding a safe space for writers to develop their voices and their craft. While the AWA method is not therapy, it is therapeutic and has great healing potential for writers from all backgrounds.
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 month of November.
Larissa Andrusyshyn is a poet based in Montreal. Her first collection, Mammoth (DC Books) was shortlisted for the QWF First Book Prize and the Kobzar Literary Award. Her second poetry collection Proof (DC Books) was published last spring.
She will be leading a series of workshops this month with the Batshaw Youth and Family Centre, which provides psychosocial, rehabilitation and social integration services to youth and families in need throughout Montreal.
Kama La Mackerel is a performer, poet, story-teller, community-arts facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores aesthetic practices as forms of resilience, resistance and healing for marginalized communities.
She will be leading a series of workshops in November and December titled Our Bodies, Our Stories for QTBIPOC (Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) aged 16 to 24. Facilitated at Project 10, this series will offer participants the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills and to cultivate their poetic deliveries through performance.
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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
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