The Spittoon Literary magazine was conceived in 2016 as a way to publish the writers who have been filling the bars of Beijing’s Dongcheng district (东城区) to attend the Spittoon Poetry and Spittoon Fiction reading s. English language poetry and poetry-in-translation have been attracting Chinese and expatriates alike to Spittoon Poetry since May 2015, while English and Chinese language fiction and flash fiction have brought an equally wide variety of Beijing-dwellers to Spittoon Fiction in 2016.