About Us


Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters (VSEAL) is a federally incorporated charity based in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal, Canada) on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory that is committed to the dissemination of literary education in Canada and internationally. VSEAL’s goal is to encourage and support poets, writers, and artists at all stages of their career, while offering the public relevant tools for a better understanding and appreciation of contemporary poetry and literature.

VSEAL’s publishing projects include the biannual Vallum: Contemporary Poetry  magazine (est. 2000) and the Vallum Chapbook Series. In order to further fulfill its goal of promoting literacy, VSEAL also administers an outreach program, Poetry for Our Future!,  which hosts workshops in collaboration with community-minded organizations throughout the greater Montreal area, Quebec, and elsewhere in Canada. These workshops focus on literacy, creative writing, literary appreciation, and self-expression as empowerment.

Vallum  magazine publishes work that pushes boundaries and invites the exploration of different outlooks and perspectives. In addition to poetry, we also publish essays, interviews, book reviews, and visual art. As one of Canada’s top poetry journals, Vallum  allows Canadian artists and writers to exchange ideas with acclaimed and emerging artists from around the world by being published alongside each other.

Notable past contributors include P.K. Page, Yusuf Saadi, Paul Muldoon, Franz Wright, Charles Simic, Les Murray, Jan Zwicky, Stephen Dunn, Karen Solie, John Kinsella, Fanny Howe, George Elliott Clarke, Andrew Motion, Erin Mouré, Peter Redgrove, Nicole Brossard, and others. Past prizes awarded to poems that have appeared in Vallum include Pushcart Prizes, National Magazine Awards, and inclusion in the Best Canadian Poetry anthologies.



Editors-in-Chief: Joshua Auerbach and Eleni (Helen) Zisimatos

Poetry Editor: Eleni (Helen) Zisimatos



President: Joshua Auerbach

Vice-President / Secretary: Eleni (Helen) Zisimatos

Board Member: Al F. Moritz

Treasurer: Fa Xiang (Tony) Liu


For general information: info@vallummag.com
For our outreach program: outreach@vallummag.com
To inquire about advertising: publicity@vallummag.com
To reach our editors: editors@vallummag.com




Institutional subscriptions to Vallum are available through EBSCO and SWETS. Please email subscription@vallummag.com for more assistance. Vallum is archived at several libraries. To find out whether it is available at your local branch, please ask your librarian.


Vallum: Contemporary Poetry and Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters acknowledge that we reside on unceded Indigenous territories of the the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation. Vallum recognizes the Kanien’kehá:ka as the traditional keepers and defenders of this land, and acknowledges the historical oppression of all Indigenous People across the territory currently known as Canada. We wish to honour and respect the land on which we live as a meeting place for many nations. Vallum supports the right to self-determination and sovereignty of all Indigenous peoples.