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SPAM Press

> About SPAM

SPAM zine & Press is an online magazine & pamphlet machine based between Glasgow & London

SPAM Plaza

 

Statement
of Intent

As ~Slavoj Zizek~ (ikr, sorry) declares, ‘I already am eating from the trash can all the time.’ We live in a culture saturated by throwaway discourse: public transport advertising, corporate PR, social media squabbles, flowery specifications for crap jobs. Our online and IRL everyday floats on an infinite stream of textual detritus. If the visual art world has been very responsive to this technological acceleration and cultural hypertrophy, the same cannot be said of the literary world, often stuck in its old ways, still clinging to a pen-and-quill ideal of the poetic sublime that we dare call ~drab and ~trite.

It is time for poetry to enter the post-internet age, and SPAM zine wishes to take upon its shoulder the weight of this herculean enterprise. To bridge the gap between the internet divine and the pathetic IRL; to make poetry meme, and meme poetry; to watch highbrow theory and pop culture have animalistic sex live on Facebook; to Make Poetry Cool Again - that is what SPAM is for.

We believe to be entering the metamodern phase in which the monstrous Chthulucene of self-devouring irony and the reduplication of signs and slogans find an inseparable companion in new constructive sincerity, in the need for wholesomeness and reciprocal care. Unlike most publications, SPAM does not ask its contributors to choose one pole over the other. We acknowledge our generation’s need to constantly move between pretence and eagerness, between the absolute and the relative, between optimism and cynicism - never having or wanting to choose.

Like the artist Luke Turner, we, too, ‘recognise oscillation to be the natural order of the world.’ Our contributors represent a generation raised on the anxiety of a culture deprived of structure, stability and origin. SPAM provides a DIY platform for writers, artists and musicians to work through the frustrations of the times as much as unfolding the everyday weirdness, joy, and bipolarity of our contemporary condition.

Our aim is to import the experimental culture, computer aesthetics and hypertextual modalities of the internet era into a literary scene we perceive as conservative and resistant to change. SPAM very much aspires to a semi-rhizomatic model of publication, accepting contributions from cyberspace and beyond, and facilitating the everyday exhibition of memes, tweets, troll quotes, and the strange k-hole of YouTube comments, next to nuggets of critical theory, and masterpieces of the poetic canon. 

Although our aesthetic tendencies converge towards the realms of the post-internet and avant-pop, our visual style is also in constant flux - mimicking the visual variety of the landscape explored by the modern-day internet surfer. All of our publications are affordably priced, and all profits go directly into funding future issues, and nurturing the pamphlet machine SPAM Press. We are 100% volunteer-run.
 

Contacts

Maria Sledmere (Editor-in-Chief)
maria.spamzine [at] gmail.com

Get in touch re: submitting reviews or website content, SPAM Press publications, events, workshops, press, ecopoetics and matters of culture/theory.

Denise Bonetti (Founding/Managing Editor)
denise.spamzine [at] gmail.com

Get in touch re: SPAM Press publications, distribution, press releases, production queries, design, general chat about space & time.

Max Parnell (Staff Editor, Podcast Producer)
max.spamzine [at] gmail.com

Get in touch re: online orders, requesting review copies, translation projects, podcast queries.

Kirsty Dunlop (Poetry & Nonfiction Editor)
kirsty.spamzine [at] gmail.com

Get in touch re: nonfiction and reviews submissions, press and documentation/publicity, distribution, events, media and hypertexts.

Alice Hill-Woods (Editorial and Marketing Assistant)

alice.spamzine [at] gmail.com

Get in touch re: marketing, promotion, press, distribution outreach and matters of visual, hybrid and experimental interest. 

Loll Jung (Assistant Copyeditor)

loll.spamzine [at]gmail.com

Get in touch re: existing editorial projects with SPAM, manuscript proofing, accessibility issues and general memory/geopoetics.

All Editors
spamzine.editors [at] gmail.com

Our shared inbox if you’re unsure who to email :’)

 

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Stockists

> Scotland

Good Press, Glasgow                                               

Aye-Aye Books (Centre for Contemporary Arts), Glasgow

The Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop, Edinburgh 

Category is Books, Glasgow

The Lighthouse, Edinburgh

Typewronger, Edinburgh

Burning House Books, Glasgow

> England

ICA Bookshop, London                       

BOOKS Peckham, London

TACO!, London

Magalleria, Bath

 

> Elsewhere

Motto, Berlin

If you are interested in stocking SPAM Press publications, please drop us an email to denise.spamzine [at] gmail.com.

You can browse all our publications at The National Poetry Library (London), and the Scottish Poetry Library (Edinburgh).

Libraries

 
  • SPAM does Pop Mutations

  • ‘SPAM on Making Poetry Cool Again’, a two-page interview on the January 2020 print issue of The Skinny Scotland

  • SPAM is Publisher of The Month at the South London Gallery

  • Rebecca Tamás recommends Helen Charman's Daddy Poem for The White Review's books of the year 2019​

  • ‘Can you noodle a synth?’ SPAM interviewed by Dostoyevsky Wannabe.

  • The Poetry Foundation cover Alice Hill-Woods’ review of Maia Elsner’s ‘Transnational Zoo’

  • Dazed recommends SPAM as one of ‘7 contemporary poetry zines you need right now’

  • Rachael Allen recommends Sam Riviere’s Darken PDF for TANK Magazine

  • GlasgowLive cover ‘That’s Hot!’ poetry night as part of Glasgow International 2018

  • Editors Denise, Maebh and Maria talking issue #7 Prom Date on ‘Cut Your Hair and Get a Job’, with Raissa Pardini for Subcity Radio. 

  • SCAN @ Lancaster University interview Dan Power on his Predictive Text Poems

  • SPAM at the Prom on The Artsy Vice Show Episode 7

  • The National Poetry Library pick On Paper: A Love Island Anthology as one of their acquisition highlights for October 2018

🌝PORTALS, ROSIE ROBERTS (AUGUST 2020)

🌝BOYS, ANJELI CADERAMANPULLE (MARCH 2020)

🌝CYMBALISM & LEMONADE, T. PERSON (MARCH 2020)

🌝POEMS BY MY IMAGINARY BOYFRIEND ABOUT IMAGINARY GIRLFRIEND,

    HANNAH READ (MARCH 2020)

🌝THE APPRENTICE POETRY ANTHOLOGY: MAKE ME MONEY & DON'T PISS ME OFF,

    ED. DENISE BONETTI, ALEX MARSH & MAX PARNELL (FEBRUARY 2020)

🌝CAPRICCIO, DAISY LAFARGE (SEPT 2019)

🌝AN ORCA IS WAY TOO BIG TO ATTACH UNLESS AS A JPEG,

    ANNA DANIELEWICZ (JUNE 2019)

🌝DADDY POEM, HELEN CHARMAN (MARCH 2019)

🌝SILO BLISS, ALEX MARSH (MARCH 2019)

🌝ANOTHER GREEN WORLD, ROBIN BOOTHROYD (MARCH 2019)

🌝I HAVE COMPILED 14 GAY LOVE POEMS, AUDREY LINDEMANN (MARCH 2019) 

🌝PORTS, CALUM RODGER (FEBRUARY 2019) 

🌝SPIEL :: VERSTEHEN | WELT :: GESTALTEN, LOLL JUNGGEBURTH (DECEMBER 2018)

🌝ON PAPER - AN UNOFFICIAL LOVE ISLAND ANTHOLOGY,

    ED. LIVIA FRANCHINI & DENISE BONETTI (SEPTEMBER 2018)

🌝TIME ZONE, DOMINIC HALE (SEPTEMBER 2018) 

🌝DARKEN PDF, SAM RIVIERE (AUGUST 2018) (OUT OF PRINT)

🌝EXISTENTIAL STATIONARY, MARIA SLEDMERE (APRIL 2018) 

🌝PROBS TOO LATE 4 A SNOG NOW :’(((, DENISE BONETTI (APRIL 2018) 

🌝PREDICTIVE TEXT POEMS, DAN POWER (NOVEMBER 2017) 

🌝 TESSERACT LIFE, RYAN JARVIS (NOVEMBER 2017) (OUT OF PRINT)

🌝AND NO MORE BEING OUTDOORS / AND NO MORE RAIN,

    MAX PARNELL (APRIL 2017) (OUT OF PRINT)

To purchase available titles and check out current pamphlet deals, visit our shop.

SPAM Press Publication History

 
 

post-internet 

scrapbook: here

SPAM zine

SPAM zine is Dead!

      Long live SPAM zine!

Issues still in stock available here;

Digital downloads (pay what you can)

available here

Issue one: #spam

Content by:

 

Jamie Limond, George Garthwaite, Lucian Moriyama, Helen Victoria Murray, Vanessa De Sade, Ollie Hawker, Kanye West, Denise Bonetti, Calum Rodger, Iain Matheson, Jim Walker, Heather O'Donnell, Abbie Logan, Bessie Woodhouse, Fiona J. Stirling, Stephen Watt, Hannah Read, Beth Dixon, Martin Noble.

Edited by Denise Bonetti and Maebh Harper.

48pp. A5 - B/W

 

Issue two: #glitch

Content by:

 

Calum MacRae, Ferg Voigt, Marco Pierre White Jr., Iain Matheson, JP Summers, Alex Rushfirth, Charles Baudelaire, Randomtextgenerator.com, Tom McCarthy, Don DeLillo, Matthew Nosal, George Garthwaite, Bessie Woodhouse, Maria Sledmere, C.D., Declan Malone, Michael Visocchi, Fred Weedon, Denise Bonetti, Cecilia Verilli, Ian Kolbinskie, Korinza Shlanta, Hugh Grant, Ross McCleary.

Cover by Michele Libralato.

Edited by Denise Bonetti and Maebh Harper.

48 pp. - A5 - B/W

Issue three: #vape or dream

Content by:

 

Tom Betteridge, Iain Morrison, Iain Matheson, Howie Good, Xim Xom, Maria Rose Sledmere, Ferg Voigt, Cãtãlina Stanislav, Elizeya Quate, Philip Elliott, Max Parnell, Alex Rushfirth, Cal Donnelly, Corduroy Jones, Dan Power, Jessie Janeshek, Chad M. Horn, Bessie Woodhouse, Will Bamber, CL Bledsoe and Michael Gushe.

Cover by Michele Libralato.
Edited by Denise Bonetti and Maebh Harper.

48 pp. - A5 - B/W on pink paper.

Issue four: #astral projections or talismanic persuasions

Content by: 

 

Colin Herd, Imogen Liberty, Iain Matheson, Alex Rushfirth, Jessie Janeshek, Rosalie Gardner, Matthew Nosal, total_angel_official_insta, Maria Sledmere, Heath Brougher, Lucian Moriyama, Rus Khomutoff, Dan Power, Scott Morrison, Louise McCue, Bessie Woodhouse, Louis Fabrice Tshimanga, Harry Brooks-Kent, Jarlath Mulhern, Quentin Scobie, Tobias Carmichael, Carolyn Paterson, Saskia McCraken.

Cover by Denise Bonetti.
Edited by Denise Bonetti, Maebh Harper, and Maria Sledmere.

52 pp. - A5 - B/W on light grey/lilac paper with rhinestones on cover.

Issue five: #notes from the watercooler

Content by: 

 

Ryan Jarvis, Calum Rodger, Dan Power, George Yarker, Philip Vernon, Rosalie Gardner, Ian Cross, Iain Matheson, Michael Rennie, MLA Chernoff, Richard Seaholme, Quentin Scobie, Bessie Woodhouse, Maria Sledmere, Stephen Harvie, T h e o r y is my “"praxis”“, Patrick Blake, Alex Sikorski, Brian M. Latimer, Ferg Voigt, Misty & Marge’s Monorail, Ollie Hawker, bald_eagle94, Jim Walker, Stuart Rawlinson, Robert Menzies, Nikki Tirado.

Cover by bald_eagle 94.
Edited by Denise Bonetti, Maria Sledmere, Max Parnell.

 

48 pages - A5 - risographed in black on yellow paper, with clipped A4 insert. Cover risographed on white card. 

Issue six: #chips 'n' cheese

Content by:

Michael Crowe, Hannah Read, Timothy Berrigan, Livia Franchini, Scott Morrison, Theo Praxmin, William Fuller, Alice Ash, Jack Chelgren, Ruthie Kennedy, Jonathan Coward, William Davis, Iain Matheson, Josie Rogers, Sean Wai Keung, Louis Fabrice Tshimanga, Jasmine Virdi, Michael Rennie, Eduardo R. de Siqueira, Joe Smither, Thomas Kenelm, Maria Sledmere, Trevor Root, Alex Rushfirth, New Content, Ryan Jarvis, @pleasantview_bellagoth, Fergus Voigt, Gordon Ramsay, Torkel Tennberg, Luke Thurogood & Jessica Tillings.

Cover by Denise Bonetti.
Edited by Denise Bonetti, Maria Sledmere, Maebh Harper and Max Parnell.

48 pages with clipped A4 insert.

Issue seven: #prom date

Content by:

Sophie Bates, Annie Clinton, Kirsty Dunlop, Joseph M . Gerace, Colin Herd, Corduroy Jones, Loll Junggeburth, Irene Koronas, Brian Latimer, Iain Matheson, Lotte Mitchell Reford, Ari Nielsson, Pleasantview Bellagoth, Stuart Rawlinson,, Michael Rennie, Polina Riabova, Maria Sledmere, Luke Thurogood, Bessie Woodhouse, Ali Znaidi.

Cover by Raissa Pardini.

Edited by Denise Bonetti, Maria Sledmere, Maebh Harper and Max Parnell.

40 pp. with clipped A4 insert and rhinestones.

Issue eight: #cruise liner

Content by:

Jess Conway, Mark Bolsover, Holly Bond, Daniel Uncapher, Luke Thrugood, Rosalie Gardner, Dominic Hale, Sally Burnette, Peter Manson, Rosa Campbell, Dan Power, Gerard Sarnet, Colin Herd, Colleen Baran, Micheal Stutz, Ferg Voigt, Clare Archibald, Alexandra Coppola, Steve Mallon, Rosie Roberts, Nicky Melville, Danni Storm, altRamsgate, <djmisty_93>, <Rhizome.daddi>, Medhead95.

Edited by Denise Bonetti, Maria Sledmere, Maebh Harper and Max Parnell.

Cover by Maria Sledmere and Denise Bonetti.

40 pp. with clipped A4 insert.

Issue nine: #astroturf

Content by:


Fred Spoliar, Ottavia Silvestri, Aea Varfis-van Warmelo, Louis Fabrice Tshimanga, Desdemona Desideria, Frank Roger, Josie Rogers, Jack Bigglestone, Nasim Luczaj, Patrick Romero McCafferty, koolkatwarner, Michael Rennie, Colette O'Connor, Aleksandr Plisetsky, Laura Glancy, Robert Beveridge, Marzia D'Amico, Daniel Uncapher, Andrew Fentham, Luke Thurogood, Rhiannon Auriol, Dan Power, Den Staf, Joshua Alexander, William Fleming, Rory O'Brien, Stuart Rawlinson, Google Reviews.

Cover by Max Parnell.

Edited by Denise Bonetti, Maria Sledmere, and Max Parnell.

48 pp. 

Issue ten: #millennium megabus - double issue(!)

Content by:

 

Matilda Alexander Hallworth, Adeel 'Chief NUMTOT' Ali, Louis Allen, Barney Ashton-Bullock, Rowland Bagnall, Mauricio Baiocco, Andy Barr, Eloise Birtwhistle, Robin Boothroyd, Andrew James Brown, Matthew Carbery, Beth Cochrane, Jessica Faith Cooper, Phoebe Eccles, William Fleming, SJ Fowler, James Gale, Jane Goldman, Ali Graham, Charlotte Heather, Alice Hill-Woods, Lizzie Hudson, Rosa Jones, Ruthie Kennedy, Allie Kerper, Julia Rose Lewis, Katy Lewis Hood, David Ross Linklater, jj lucyszyn, Nasim Luczaj, Colin Lee Marshall, Jamie McNeill, Tomos Morris, Alex Noble, Dan Power, Cleome Rawnsley, Michael Rennie, Daniel Ridley, dj_ripthefall, Sam Riviere, Trevor Root, Siannon Saunders, Kat Sinclair, Maria Rose Sledmere, Andrew Spragg, Lydia Sviatoslavsky, Corin Sworn, Torkel Tennberg, Luke Thurogood, Chris Timmins, Lydia Unsworth, Anna Walsh, Georgia Watson, Lizzy Yarwood.

Cover by Denise Bonetti and Max Parnell.

Edited by Denise Bonetti, Kirsty Dunlop, Max Parnell and Maria Sledmere.

92pp, A5, perfect bound.

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