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.



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Participating poets:

Derek Webster - Born in Richmond, Virginia, Derek Webster grew up in Beijing, Toronto and London. He received an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied with Carl Phillips, Erin Belieu and Yusef Komunyakaa. His poetry and prose have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, The Walrus, and Boston Review. The founding editor of Maisonneuve magazine, he lives in Montreal.

Catherine Cormier-Larose - Catherine Cormier-Larose was born in Mauricie, QC. She is co-founder and artistic and general director of Productions Arreuh, responsible for "La Poésie Prend les Parcs," the Rue de la poésie, the Festival Dans ta tête (formerly OFF-FIL) and the Gala de l'Académie de la vie littéraire. She has published in several magazines as well as in the collectives Le livre noir de ta Mère (Ta Mère Press), Les Chats (Rodrigol Press) et Les monstres spectaculaires (Rodrigol Press). She has published Balades pour Ai Weiwei, a collection of silkscreened poetry, and a collection is forthcoming from Fond'tonne Press.

Jeffrey Mackie - Jeffrey Mackie does a regular literary feature on CKUT radio in Montreal.

Stephanie Bolster - Stephanie Bolster's first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General's Award and the Gerald Lampert Award. She has also published Two Bowls of Milk, which won the Archibald Lampman Award and was shortlisted for the Trillium Award. She teaches creative writing at Concordia University.


Participating poets:

Jason Camlot - Jason Camlot's most recent book is What the World Said (Mansfield Press, 2013), which was a finalist for a ReLit Award and the winner of the Prix L'Académie de la vie littéraire in 2014. He teaches in the English Department at Concordia University.

Alex Manley - Alex Manley graduated from Concordia University's creative writing program in 2013. His work has appeared in publications like Shabby Doll House, Powder Keg, Banango Street, The Fanzine, and Maisonneuve magazine, among others. He was the recipient of the 2012 Irving Layton Award for Fiction, and his debut poetry collection, We Are All Just Animals & Plants, was published by Metatron Press in 2016. He is left-handed and tweets @alex_icon.

Karissa LaRocque - Karissa LaRocque is currently an MA candidate in English at Concordia University.

Klara du Plessis - Klara du Plessis is a Montreal-based poet and critic. Her chapbook, Wax Lyrical - shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award - was released from Anstruther Press; a debut collection is forthcoming from Palimpsest Press, 2018. Poems have recently appeared in Asymptote, CV2, PRISM, Minola Review, among others. She curates the Resonance Reading Series and is an editor at carte blanche magazine.


Participating poets:

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.


Participating Poets:

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.


Participating Poets:

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.

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