> About SPAM
SPAM zine & Press is an online magazine & pamphlet machine based between Glasgow & London
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 zine 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 maintaining a lively presence on social media through 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.
Denise Bonetti (Editor-in-Chief)
denise.spamzine [at] gmail.com
Get in touch re: SPAM Press publications, distribution, press releases, production queries, design, general chat about space & time.
Maria Sledmere (Nonfiction and Poetry Editor)
maria.spamzine [at] gmail.com
Get in touch re: submitting reviews or website content, SPAM Press publications, events, press, ecopoetics and matters of culture/theory.
Max Parnell (Poetry Editor, Orders)
max.spamzine [at] gmail.com
Get in touch re: online orders, requesting review copies, translation projects.
Kirsty Dunlop (Editorial & Media Assistant)
kirsty.spamzine [at] gmail.com
Get in touch re: press and documentation/publicity, distribution, events, media and hypertexts.
spamzine.editors [at] gmail.com
Our shared inbox if you’re unsure who to email :’)
Reviews of our
Alice Tarbuck reviews Dom Hale’s Time Zone for Sabotage
Vicki Husband reviews Calum Rodger’s PORTS for Sphinx
Colin Herd reviews Denise Bonetti’s probs too late 4 a snog now :’((( for Adjacent Pineapple
Colin Herd reviews Maria Sledmere’s Existential Stationary for Adjacent Pineapple
Colin Herd reviews Max Parnell’s And no more being outdoors / And no more rain for Adjacent Pineapple
Good Press, Glasgow
Aye-Aye Books (Centre for Contemporary Arts), Glasgow
The Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop, Edinburgh
Category is Books, Glasgow
The Lighthouse, Edinburgh
ICA Bookshop, London
BOOKS Peckham, London
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).
‘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
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