Spittoon is a Beijing-based arts collective celebrating Chinese and foreign writers, artists, and literary enthusiasts. Dedicated to bringing Chinese writing and art to an English-language audience, they publish independent magazines and host regular literature events.
Updated: Nov 2019
Volunteer opportunities ❤️
Volunteer with the Spittoon Collective to immerse yourself in the Beijing’s esoteric literature scene. Readings, book clubs, cultural festivals — and still finding time to publish polished written word.
Collaborating with scores of emerging and established writers, poets, and artists — Spittoon organizes regular literature readings and artistic performances hosted in intimate lesser-known venues. Aspiring poets can benefit from Spittoon’s constructive poetry workshops, which guide untapped talents to find their voice.
Experienced writers are invited to submit their work for publication in Spittoon’s online poetry and fiction series. For details on how to submit your own writing, visit Spittoon’s submission page.
Spittoon’s staple publication —The Spittoon Literary Magazine — showcases poetry and fiction from contemporary Chinese writers to an English-language audience.
CUE (China Urban Expression) — Spittoon’s new comic book series — works with promising young Chinese artists to create well-crafted visual narratives.
If you find that Spittoon’s work really resonates with you, there are opportunities to offer your time and skills. By volunteering with Spittoon, you’ll collaborate with some of Beijing’s most inspiring literary talents and explore the endless creative possibilities.
Join the team to promote transcultural writing that innovates, excites, and moves readers. Organize readings and workshops, strategize marketing and communications, edit and translate writer submissions — all these are areas you can help strengthen Spittoon’s growing international community.
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Western media — biased by political agenda — will too often dismiss China’s modern art and literature scene as unimaginative. Spittoon is working to change this overarching misconception by shining a positive light on Chinese literature — exposing a Western audience to China’s most creative and celebrated writers.
With deep roots in Beijing, Spittoon has grown its community to other cities around China and the world — with its sister collective in Chengdu, close cousins in Sweden, and scattered kin contributing from across the globe.
Spittoon lives as an international platform for arts and word — bringing creative people together, telling the stories you haven’t heard, and strengthening an international community of literary enthusiasts.
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