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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.

It is deeply rooted in the belief that genuine dialogue has the potential to shift cultural paradigms and discourses over time. The organization is divided into three interrelated wings: editorial, engagement, and education. The online publication consists of two digital issues a year, each revolving around one of two coastal residencies. We champion artists who are unlikely to exist so closely together because of their genre, artistic expression, POV, or background. Additionally, our interview series is a playground through which we engage with artists, organizations, athletes, and thinkers who are tackling social issues through their daily livelihoods.

Offline, The Seventh Wave hosts events, screenings, readings, and round table discussions pegged to each issue on both coasts, with the intent of bringing the digital conversation into real, person-to-person, practice. We are interested in building community for and with individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to dig deeper into the hard conversations that impact how we view our lives, our environments, and our relationships to one another. We also work in schools and with community organizations for our education wing, bringing our contributors’ pieces into the classroom and teaching students about the art of the written word through the lens of story and craft. Our hope is that the life of a piece exists well beyond the moment we push publish.


Joyce Chen | Executive Director
Brett Rawson | Director of Programs
Avi-Yona Israel | Director of Advocacy
Megan Sykes | Art Director
Patrycja Humienik | Events Director (Seattle)
Sarah Neilson | Interviews Editor

Artist in Residence (2020-2021)
Bianca Ng

Editorial Team
Lisa Chen
Anna Fridlis
Briana Gwin
Emilie Menzel
Christina Shideler
Teri Vela

Advisory Board
Zia Jaffrey
Alia Malek
Elizabeth Onusko
John Reed

Board of Directors
Tatiana Serafin

Writing Fellow
Ella Shapiro


The Seventh Wave is a proud partner of CLMP, and we are indebted to the Washington State Arts Commission for awarding The Seventh Wave with a grant that enabled us to take our residency program to the West Coast.