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We Keep Beginning • An AWP 2023 Offsite Event

Join The Seventh Wave above the hustle of AWP for an intimate evening of art, beginning, and connection.

On Friday, March 10 from 5-8pm, join The Seventh Wave on the 7th floor penthouse of The Sorrento Hotel (haunted by Alice B. Toklas) for an evening of prose, poetry, and accessible connection. There will be drinks to purchase, a balcony that overlooks the night sky of Seattle, and a smattering of charcuterie to nourish your curiosities. We are requiring masks, but will have plenty available if you forget to bring yours, so not to worry.

This is a limited-capacity event. If you’d like to reserve a spot, register here for $15. Upon arrival, you’ll get a free $15 drink ticket. We do welcome day-of arrivals, and as such, will hold 25 spots for those who do not pre-register. Please note that day-of spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis. We highly encourage you to reserve your spot in advance.  

Doors open at 5pm, but starting around 5:45pm, there will be a flow of prose and poetry from our ever-talented list of readers—Lars Horn, Michael Chang, Marisa Siegel, Barracuda Gaursico, Corinne Manning, Kristen Millares Young, Amy Saul-Zerby, Erin Sroka, Teri Vela, Bobuq Sayed, and TSW’s very own Joyce Chen and Bretty Rawson. You can see our readers’ bios below.

Introvert? Extrovert? Yes. This event is for you.

See details below for the event. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Bretty at

  • Date: Friday, March 10
  • Time: 5-8pm, reading to begin at 5:45pm (ending around 7:15pm)
  • Location: The Sorrento Hotel, 7th Floor Penthouse, 900 Madison St, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Parking: There are 3 parking garages nearby. Please refer to this PDF map.
  • Accessibility: Masks will be required when not eating and drinking. Masks will be available on site. The terrace doors will be open for air flow and people who prefer to be outside are welcome on the terrace. There are no steps leading up to the property. There is a wheelchair accessible restroom on the lobby floor. The elevator is wheelchair accessible. There are no steps leading into the venue space. There is one step leading onto the outdoor terrace, which is not ramped.
  • Interactive element: there will be an interactive event available for attendees to participate in when they arrive, before the reading, or after the reader (it is an activity that TSW has used for 5 years now, from elementary school classes to professional development workshops, called Maybe U R Like Me, which was started by Saff Redfield, one of our featured artists in 2016). This activity is there for those curious—or the introverts among us—who could use a little something to do in order to settle us into the community aspect of the evening. 
  •  Books & Artwork. There will be limited books and artwork available for sale from our readers throughout the event. Please bring cash, though some alternate methods may be available.

We cannot wait to be in community with you. If you can’t attend this event, make sure to check out our other event on Saturday, March 11 at CAM here.

Get to know more about our featured readers

Corinne Manning’s debut story collection WE HAD NO RULES has received starred reviews from Booklist and Publisher’s Weekly the latter noting it “exquisitely examines queer relationships with equal parts humor, heartache, and titillation.”  They are a fiction writer and essayist and a collective member of The Anarchist Review of Books. 

Lars Horn’s first book, VOICE OF THE FISH, won the 2020 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, the 2023 Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, and was named an honor book for the 2023 Stonewall Israel Fishman Nonfiction Book Award, and an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Selection. The recipient of the Tin House Without Borders Residency and scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Horn’s writing has appeared in Granta, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. 

A prize-winning journalist and essayist, Kristen Millares Young is the author of the novel SUBDUCTION, named a staff pick by The Paris Review and called “whip-smart” by the Washington Post, a “brilliant debut” by the Seattle Times and “utterly unique and important” by Ms. Magazine. Shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, Subduction won Nautilus and Independent Publisher Book awards. Subduction was also a finalist for two International Latino Book Awards and Foreword Indies Book of the Year. Kristen is the editor of Seismic: Seattle, City of Literature, a 2021 finalist for the Washington State Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her essays, book reviews and investigations appear most recently in the Washington Post. Kristen is the 2023 Distinguished Visiting Writer at Seattle University. 

Michael Chang (they/them) is the author of several collections of poetry, including ALMANAC OF USELESS TALENTS (CLASH Books, 2022) & SYNTHETIC JUNGLE (Northwestern University Press, 2023). Tapped to edit Lambda Literary’s Emerge anthology, their poems have been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net & the Pushcart Prize. They were awarded the Poetry Project’s prestigious Brannan Prize & serve as a poetry editor at the acclaimed journal Fence. You can also find them at @mchangpoet.

Marisa Siegel holds an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the acclaimed anthology BURN IT DOWN (Seal Press, 2019) and her poetry chapbook FIXED STARS is out now from Burrow Press. Find her online at You can also find her at @marisaemily.

Bretty Rawson is a digital storyteller, editing and curating at the intersection of technology and culture. An MFA from The New School, Bretty’s work has been published in PANK, The Rumpus, and Nowhere Magazine, among others, and he was awarded a 2020 Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity residency for his novel-in-progress, Shadow Boys. His work has earned his organizations national awards and attention, and his projects have been featured in The New York Times, Heritage Radio Network, and Forbes for their innovative approaches to digital and equitable storytelling. He is one of the co-founders of The Seventh Wave, a literary arts non-profit that publishes art in the space of social issues, and curator of handwritten, a place in space for pen and paper. He is currently at work on a chapbook of bone maps, narrative renderings of pre- and non-verbal experiences.

Barrauda Guarisco is a bi/pan polyonymous author of several books of poetry and hybrid works published with Spuyten Duyvil, Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, and Feral Dove Books, and many others. He has been nominated for Best Microfiction and The Elgin Award, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Really Serious Literature. In the past Guarisco curated for Da’daedal, Poetry Laboratory, Free Poetry, Ogopogo, and LIT Quake in both Seattle and Everett, WA. You can find him if you want to. Currently, he organizes Chat Rooms at Black Lab Gallery. His most recent book Peanut Butter Is Not The Solution (Alien Buddha) is out now. 

Bobuq Sayed (they/them) is a queer Afghan writer, editor, artist, and educator currently based in Miami, Florida. They co-edited the anthology Nothing to Hide: Voices from Trans and Gender Diverse Australia, and have recent bylines in The Drift, Gulf Coast, and Seventh Wave.  They are a 2022-23 Steinbeck fellow at San Jose State University and working on a novel. You can also find them at @djinn_t0nic.

Amy Saul-Zerby is the author of Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds (Be About It Press 2017), Deep Camouflage (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2018) and Choose Your Own Beginning (Be About It Press 2022). Her poems have appeared in The Rumpus, The Chicago Review of Books, American Poetry Review, Peach Mag, and elsewhere. She edits Voicemail Poems. You can also find her at @amysaul_zerby.

Teri Vela (she/her) is a latinx queer poet, witch, mother, and former lawyer, born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada (Southern Paiute traditional lands). Her publications include poetry in Honey Literary Journal, Witch Craft Magazine, Gordon Square Review, and others. She is a reader for Split Lip Magazine and a former managing editor with The Seventh Wave. She  is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College.

Erin Sroka is a writer from Durham, NC. She’s a MacDowell fellow and has bylines in BESIDE Magazine and The Anarchist Review of Books. She lives in Seattle and works in labor.