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The Seventh Wave is a 501(c)(3) arts and literary nonprofit that invites writers, artists, activists, and creators to take part in a conversation surrounding the most pressing social issues of our times.

We are deeply rooted in the belief that genuine dialogue has the potential to shift cultural paradigms and discourses over time.

When’s the last time you had a thrilling conversation — the kind that gets under your skin and sticks in your mind? The kind where issues of privacy or race arise and you find yourself arguing in a spirited debate, spending all evening listening to the other person, sharing your experiences, opposing their beliefs, and negotiating your own? And the next day, when you wake up, you realize that by disagreeing with them, you’ve created a magnetic field between the two of you, fueled by the honesty of your emotions? Now, imagine an organization that inspires the art of opposition — how friendly, how urgent, how intimate.

We build community for and with individuals who come from disparate backgrounds and perspectives to dig deeper into the hard conversations that impact our lives, our environments, and our relationships to one another. As an organization that champions art in the space of social issues, we approach everything we do with radical intimacy: from creating calls to publishing issues, engaging with the public on social media to structuring residencies and hosting events. Human exchange, inclusivity, and accessibility are at our core, and foregrounded in every editorial act. We live, we breathe, and we beckon this work.



Joyce Chen | Executive Director
Bretty Rawson | Director of Programs
Avi-Yona Israel | Director of Advocacy
Megan Sykes | Art Director
Patrycja Humienik | Events Director
Sarah Neilson | Interviews Editor
Bianca Ng | Residency Facilitator
Sanna Wani | 2023-2024 Artist in Residence

Editorial Team

Briana Gwin | Managing Editor (Prose)
Emilie Menzel | Managing Editor (Poetry)
Teri Vela | Managing Editor (Poetry)
Lisa Chen | Contributing Editor (Prose)
Anna Fridlis | Contributing Editor (Prose)
Kristin Marie | Contributing Editor (Prose)
Stuti Pachisia | Contributing Editor (Poetry)
Elizabeth Upshur | Contributing Editor (Poetry)
Ella Shapiro | Writing Fellow

Advisory Board

Zia Jaffrey
Alia Malek
Elizabeth Onusko
John Reed

Board of Directors

Tatiana Serafin


The Seventh Wave is a proud partner of CLMP, and we are indebted to the Washington State Arts Commission and 4Culture for awarding The Seventh Wave with grants that have enabled us to take our organization to the next level.