2023 Poetry Award | And the winner is…

Congratulations to our Vallum 2023 Poetry Award-winners!

We are pleased to announce:

First Place: Bridget Huh, for poem: “Touching the Verb”

Finalist: Diana Hope Tegenkamp, for poem: “so I can bring you with me”

Honourable Mention: Murray Mann, for poem: “How I Kept My Pace with the Mountains”


Thank you to all who submitted!



Bridget Huh is a queer Korean poet completing her undergraduate studies at Concordia University. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in or are forthcoming in Arc Poetry Magazine, PRISM International, The Ex-Puritan and Canthius.





Touching the Verb | an excerpt

…The leaves look at me
Blood brightens their faces

What they hold is their own
emptiness which burning might fill…


Diana Hope Tegenkamp (they/them) is a queer, Métis writer and artist living on Treaty 6 Territory, Homeland of the Métis. Girl running (2021, Thistledown Press), was nominated for an Indigenous Voices Award and two Saskatchewan Book Awards, with two poems longlisted for the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize. Diana’s second, in-process poetry manuscript, In Search of my Métis Father, is supported by a Canada Council for the Arts grant.



so I can bring you with me | an excerpt

…………………………..where you or your siblings were only that you had all


……………your capacity
……..for safety or belonging further dispersed…


Murray Mann (he/him) grew up in the traditional territories of Nadleh Whut’en and now lives in Cowichan territory. He works at the Sobering Centre in Warmland house and co-parents four children. He’s published poetry in Event, Sweetwater, Worth More Standing and Island Writer.





How I Kept My Pace with the Mountains | an excerpt

…Circle sad & sorry song this melt, our breath.
We cry. Snow high, we bring you, dearly and beloved.
Ice song, long-gone—this much we owe you….