SPEW , "The Homographic Convergence", was a Queer zine convention that was held on Saturday May 25, 1991.
SPEW was guest curated by Steve LaFreniere within Randolph Street Gallery's In Through the Out Door series curated by Mary Jo Schnell, Lawrence Steger, Suzie Silver, Steve Marton, Susan Seizer and LaMar. SPEW was held at the Randolph Street Gallery, 756 North Milwaukee Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
This now legendary event was the first international meeting of queer zine makers. Posters announcing the event promised "Zines - T-shirts - Performances- Projections- Readings - Music - Drag - Dancing - Cruising - Ranting". Zine editors advertised to attend were from the zines Fertile LaToyah Jackson, Scream Box, J.D.s, Straight to Hell, Fist In Your Face, Sister Nobody, Nega-tiva, Bimbox, Jane and Frankie, Holy Titclamps, Homoture, Thing, Taste of Latex, Farm, Cunt, TGOC, Foetus Acid, Piss Elegant, PC Casualties, I Pamela God, and more. The convention lasted from noon till 8 PM. The event also featured non-stop queer video, performances, as well as a reading by Dennis Cooper.
The convention was followed by the party Deep Dish House at 10 PM at Marguerite Horberg's Hothouse featuring musical performances including by Vaginal Davis and Fifth Column and DJ'd by Robert Ford.
At the end of the night, organizer Steve LaFreniere was stabbed in the back by passing gay-bashers. After a brief hospital stay, he recovered from his wounds.
SPEW 2 followed in 1992, this time held in Los Angeles, and the year after that SPEW 3 was held in Toronto.