Every now and then, Vallum hosts a poetry pop-up shop! At these events, poets sit a typewriter for an hour at a time and write personalized poems in exchange for a donation to our Poetry for Our Future! outreach program. We also sell magazines, chapbooks, and subscriptions at discounted prices, as well as pins and stickers made by artists from past issues. We have found it to be a great way to get writers together in the real world and build community.
POP-UP #3: LE CAGIBI
Patrick O'Reilly - Patrick O'Reilly is a graduate of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. He has written for untethered, The Partisan, and Numéro Cinq. In 2015, his poem "Shelter" was long-listed for Best Canadian Poetry.
POP-UP #2: CHEZ BORIS
Jake Byrne - Jake Byrne graduated from Concordia University, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief for Soliloquies Anthology from 2016 to 2017. In 2017, he was a participant in the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity's Writing Studio program. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in PRISM international, The Puritan, BAD NUDES, and Poetry is Dead.
Greg Santos - Greg Santos' newest book is Rabbit Punch! (DC Books, 2014). He is also the author of The Emperor's Sofa (DC Books, 2010) and two poetry chapbooks. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books (Minor Arcana, 2014), Daddy Cool (Artistically Declined Press, 2013), A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (Akron, 2012), Mcsweeney's, The Best American Poetry Blog, and The Feathertale Review. Greg is a graphic designer, teaches creative writing to at-risk youth, and is the poetry editor for carte blanche.
Jessica Moore - Jessica Moore is an author and translator. Her collection of poems, Everything, now was published by Brick Books in 2012. She is a former Lannan writer-in-residence and Banff International Literary Translation Centre alumnus, as well as a VP for the Literary Translators' Association of Canada. She translated Birth of a Bridge (Talonbooks and Maclehose Press), the fantastical construction-site novel by Maylis de Kerangal and her translation of de Kerangal's moving and unusual story of a heart transplant, Mend the Living, was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and won the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize. The Greats, her translation of Les grands by Sylvain Prudhomme was released in September 2017 by BookThug.
David McGimpsey - David McGimpsey is the author of five collections of poetry including Li'l Bastard which was named one of the "books of the year" by both the Quill & Quire and the National Post and was shortlisted for Canada's Governor General's Award. He is also the author of the short fiction collection Certifiable and the award-winning critical study Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture. Named by the CBC as one of the "top ten English language poets in Canada," his work was also the subject of the book of essays Population Me: Essays on David McGimpsey.
Jeramy Dodds - Jeramy Dodds is the winner of the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Award for poetry. His first collection of poems, Crabwise to the Hounds, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Gerald Lampert Award, and won the Trillium Book Award for poetry. He translated the Poetic Edda from Old Icelandic into English and his most recent book is Drakkar Noir (Coach House, 2017).
Linda Besner - Linda Besner is the author of The Id Kid, published in 2011 by Vehicule Press and named one of the National Post's Best Poetry Books of the Year. Her most recent book is Feel Happier in Nine Seconds (Coach House, 2017).
Jessica Bebenek - Jessica Bebenek is a poet, non-fiction writer, and transdisciplinary artist who splits her time between Toronto & Montreal. She is completing her MA in English with a Creative Writing focus at Concordia University. Bebenek graduated with an Honours BA from York University where she double-majored in English & Creative Writing. While at York, she won several awards for her poetry and play writing, and completed a creative thesis exploring conceptual poetics & fairy tales.
Jay Ritchie - Jay Ritchie is the author of Cheer Up, Jay Ritchie (Coach House, 2017) and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.