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SPAM Academy is a series of affordable, open, nonhierarchical workshops taking place both online and IRL, designed for writers of all experience and background. Classes currently run on an ad hoc basis, and by pay-what-you-can donations.



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45 percent of all emails are spam. Facebook took down more than three billion fake accounts over a five month period. Way back in 2007, The Daily Mail reported that ‘experts say’ image spam ‘could bring the internet to a virtual standstill’, taking up ‘70 percent of the bandwidth bulge.’ Spam, junk mail, defunct ads, and other online detritus are part of our daily diet of information. We are here to help you sift through, cut, paste, curate, and improve on the waste language of Web 2.0, work on your creative ‘bandwidth bulge’, and in the process bang out some brilliant poems. We’ll explore the weird, consumer unconscious of image spam, how to makeover antique forms of junk mail and phishing scams, the ethics and aesthetics of internet poetic readymades, and the practice of trash ekphrasis.

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Caps lock on? In lockdown mode? Make use of being chained to the screen with this poetry workshop from SPAM Press. Having always already accepted our post-internet condition, as seasoned veterans of Web 2.0, we present to you a workshop for thinking the architectures of social media, search engine excreta and other online detritus in the space of your writing. Introducing various samples of post-internet poetry, we’ll follow many a comforting start-up chime in experimenting with meme-life-drawing, poetic readymades, emoji strings and screenshot prompts.

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An introduction to some examples of process driven and restriction based writing, such as the Oulipo poetry collective and more contemporary poets such as Christian Bök. An exploration of the ways in which these forms of chance or restriction-based writing have found new forms through advanced technological possibilities in our post-internet age.

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