We're giving the editorial keys to curators.

In an era when so many literary magazines are closing their doors, we are dedicated to building more platforms for our communities’ voices.

Welcome to our Community Anthologies program. Each year through an application process, Seventh Wave brings in 4 community curators to produce their own “community anthology.” Think: special issue, digital folios, mini series. Each anthology showcases 6-8 artists or writers in each, publishing a total of 24-32 additional voices per year. Our editors-in-chief work as a cohort, supporting each other as they curate their own topics and calls for submissions, work with their 6-8 contributors, and finally, publish their individual anthologies. We call them “community anthologies,” because that’s what they are: anthologies of community, conversation, and voice. You can see our 2023 Community Anthologies here. Below, you can get to know our 2024 EICs and the Community Anthologies they are curating, which will be open for submissions in June 2024.

Our 2024 Community Anthologies are open for submissions from June 17 – July 18.

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We are thrilled to welcome Xu Li, Isaiah Yonah Back-Gaal, dezireé a brown, and Para Vadhahong as our 2024 editors-in-chief. You can see more information about each below.

In order of appearance above from left to right:

Xu Li is a writer and educator born in Beijing and raised in southeast Michigan. She received her MFA in poetry at Arizona State University (‘23) and was a recipient of the 2023 Kathryn Blair Swarthout Fellowship. She previously served as the poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review, and alongside writing, has taught and mentored K-12 and university students in literature, composition, and creative writing. She is currently based in Los Angeles.

Isaiah Yonah Back-Gaal is a poet, editor, drag queen, Dua Lipa stan, climate organizer, Bundist, and Junior Bake Off enthusiast. Isaiah received an MFA from The Ohio State University, where they served as Managing Editor for The Journal and was an Abolition and Freedom Dreams fellow, leading poetry workshops for community organizers and activists. Their writing can be found in or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, MAYDAY, Foglifter, Cleveland Review of Books, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for Best of the Net and Best New Poets.

dezireé a. brown (they/he) is a Black queer nonbinary Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, scholar, and sjw, born and raised in Flint, MI. They are the winner of the Betty Stuart Smith Award from the University of Illinois Chicago, where they received a Ph.D. in English with concentrations in Black Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies. They received an MFA from Northern Michigan University and were also a Quarterfinalist in the 5th Annual Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship, often claiming to have been born with a poem written across their chest. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in wildness, Four Way Review, Foglifter Journal, Obsidian, and the anthology A Garden of Black Joy: Global Poetry from the Edges of Liberation and Living, among others.

Para Vadhahong is a Thai diaspora poet and artist.  Their writing can be spotted in Salt Hill Journal, The Hyacinth Review, Lover’s Eye Press, Ice Lolly Review, fifth wheel press, DVAN, Sine Theta, Honey Literary, and others. They are the winner of Salt Hill Journal’s Arthur Flowers Flash Fiction Prize (2022), the Lex Allen Literary Festival’s Fiction Prize (2023), Hollins University’s Nancy Thorp Poetry Prize (2023), and Palette Poetry’s Sappho Prize for Women Poets (2023). They are a CNF reader for Atlas and Alice and a past editor for Gravel and Cargoes at Hollins University.

We Keep Beginning:
An Anthology on Process

In this anthology, you’ll find musings about the use of line breaks and white space in poetry, as well as thoughts on rough drafts, nostalgia, and motivation (or a lack thereof). You’ll read about heartache, legacy, and representation, and why it matters who our contributors are creating for. What unites them all is an indelible dedication to their craft, and to understanding the impact and the role of their words in the context of the worlds around them.

Our next print anthology will likely be in 2025. Sign up for our mailing list and stay tuned for further information.

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  • “What a gift these Community Anthologies are. As a POC writer I felt seen and heard during the whole process. Some of my hesitations about the publishing space were quickly allayed by the responsiveness and honesty of the TSW team! It was truly a mutual relationship and one I was happy to be apart of! I wish more publishers would take note.”

If you are interested in submitting to one of our Community Anthologies, please visit our FAQ page. You will also find the bulk of this information on our Submittable Page here (when the calls are live), which is how/where you’ll submit to our Community Anthologies. Key information is provided below:

  • Submissions are open from June 19 to July 17. 
  • Before submitting, please read the call you are submitting to. Each call is different, and each call has different requirements.
  • You may only submit to 1 anthology at a time. When submitting via Submittable, you will indicate which of the 4 anthologies you are submitting to. 
  • If accepted, you will be working with the editor-in-chief toward publication. 
  • Each anthology will select and publish 6-8 writers/artists. 
  • If you have been published in TSW’s annual literary magazine, you are still eligible to submit work for one of our Community Anthologies. 
  • If you have been published in a Community Anthology before, you are not eligible to be published in a Community Anthology again (we do this to ensure we are uplifting as many new voices as possible).
  • Each contributor receives $100 payment for publication. 

Please find more information on our FAQ page and our Submittable page.

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