We're so glad you're here.
The Seventh Wave would not exist without our community, because that's all we are: a community of people who continue to begin, commit, and celebrate the art and act of voice. If you're new to us, we're a residency-based magazine. We publish two digital issues per year, showcasing the work of 32 new artists, writers, and activists, and since 2015, we've been able to elevate the work of 220+ people from around the world. In addition to our digital residencies, we also host in-person residencies in New York and Washington State. What began as an idea between four creatives in Brooklyn, New York in 2014 has now turned into a team of fifteen located around the world. You can visit our website here so get a glimpse into our community.
Why do we do this?
We want to reimagine what a literary magazine or an arts nonprofit can look like, and dismantle the systems and hierarchies that still exist within something that should be as accessible and as fluid as art. We want to bring an urgency of excitement back into the editorial process, and to treat emerging writers and artists as though they have already emerged, to celebrate their immediate and eventual successes both on the page and off. We want to hold space for creatives who might otherwise not have the time; to create time for creatives who might not otherwise have a place or platform dedicated to their craft; to bring together unlikely cheerleaders to champion folks they would’ve never met long past the end of a residency weekend. We want, in short, to allow writers and artists and activists to be as human as possible first and foremost, to feel empowered to voice their concerns and their questions, and to challenge every assumption about what it means to be a person in their skin.
In 2020, we built an online store to reflect the collective voice of our community.
In our online store, you can see all kinds of experiences, from print objects to interactive events. For example, "We Keep Beginning," which is an unorthodox anthology that celebrates our first 5 years of publishing, showcasing words on craft from 26 writers and artists from our first 10 issues. You'll also find other featured works of art, from the interactive zine "harmer/harmed" to postcard project "Rest Begets Rest," both of which were designed by 2021 TSW Artist-in-Residence Bianca Ng. You also see some fun collateral, if you'd like to decorate your life with a words to remember, as well as our new series of one-time intimate talks, which are 90-minute conversations with some of the most important voices of today. Everything we do is rooted in community and conversation. We hope you'll find something here that'll inspire you to keep beginning.