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Lit Launch: Round 2 with Spittoon

Expats and locals join for poetry and partying

Back in the days before bricks locked our liquored memories behind new walls, a poetry night cried out its birth song in Baochao Hutong.

Two years later, Beijing is a richer place for the the works of poetry and fiction shared at the Spittoon Poetry nights. The creativity has multiplied, delivering Spittoon Fiction, musical collaboration Spit-Tunes, workshops, and now the second issue of Spittoon Literary Magazine. And none too soon.

City Weekend has proudly featured excerpts of the dreamy, sinister, and inspired work you’ll find in Spittoon. Now, finally, we get our hands on another issue, chock-full of wonders from creative expats and award-winning locals.

But don’t just pick it up at Bookworm or North Capital Beer: Get your personal copy surrounded by the community who loves words as much as you do. 

A huge day of poetry readings, live music, and Slow Boat beer awaits, in the none-too-distant reaches 798. On May 20 the second edition release party takes the Spittoon crew and fans across that art-infused space. 

Start at noon at the train tracks (you know the ones we’re talking about) for a poetry reading by one of the talents featured in the magazine: Li Wan, Stephanie Anderson, Anthony Tao, and Jennifer Fossenbell are all queued up. 

Then follow the joyful mob to UCCA for another iteration of reading and camaraderie from 2-3:30pm. Cha Suo’s turn at the table is 4:30-5:30pm, and M Woods gets the final round of reading from 6-7pm. 

The final exuberance of the launch party explodes at Gallery Yang from 8pm onward. Admission is ¥50 ... which pretty much pays for the shiny new issue that you’ll receive. 

Top all that off with snacks, Slow Boat brews, and tunes from Dan Taylor (of The Harridans fame) and you have the kind of Beijing night that you’ll want to write about. 

Find It: Spittoon Literary Magazine Issue 2 Launch Party takes place across 798, Sat., May 20, 12pm until late. Email: spittooninquiries@outlook.com. WeChat: fintan14

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Adam Robbins is a former Managing Editor for City Weekend Beijing. After leaving small town Maine for an education at Harvard and UT Austin, he moved on to Minnesota to help win marriage equality. Before traveling on to Shenzhen, he spent three years helping the Beijing LBGT Center, Beijing Gender, and other LGBT institutions survive this period of scrutiny and restriction.


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