The Spittoon Collective came into being in May 2015, when Matthew Byrne began holding a multilingual poetry night at Mado Bar in Baochao Hutong. Spittoon Poetry features English-language poetry as well as poetry in translation. Spittoon Poetry grew in popularity, and in 2016, Chris Warren introduced Spittoon Fiction events, which comprises long-form and short-form fiction. Together, these two monthly events unite the heart of the Spittoon Collective: a group of authors, artists, listeners, and friends who come together in Beijing’s hutong bars.

In the summer of 2016, Spittoon launched an independently produced magazine, releasing its first issue in September 2016. Since then, through the creativity and devotion of members across China and the world, Spittoon has launched additional events including Spittoon Feature and Spit-Tunes, as well as a literary night in Chengdu. Spittoon is one of the largest, if not the largest, English-language literary collectives in China.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about us, including how you can get involved, please get in touch!