Sunday Salon NYC and The Seventh Wave are partnering to celebrate The Seventh Wave’s 10th issue, Willful Innocence, with an incredible lineup of readers all speaking to the complexities of claiming innocence. Together, we hope their voices unlock your own thoughts about guilt, complicity, and forgiveness, and bring hope for collective healing in the not-too-distant future.
We’re also raising funds for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in the weeks leading up to the reading, and we’d appreciate any/all contributions to support their efforts. Please donate through the Facebook event page here.
Huiying B. Chan is a creative writer, cultural organizer, and facilitator from New York City. Their body of work centers migration, race, displacement, and intergenerational resistance and resilience. As an organizer, they work on education justice, immigration, and anti-displacement campaigns from Chinatowns to the border. They also facilitate QTPOC writing workshops, using writing as a tool to cultivate our radical imaginations for liberation. Huiying has received fellowships and awards from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, VONA/Voices, The Poetry Foundation, and American Education Research Association. They are currently writing a memoir about their journey tracing family roots in Toisan, China, and exploring ancestral lineages past and future.
Briana Gwin is a New-York based essayist, poet and hybrid fiction writer. She has recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, and is the author of one collection of essays in progress. She currently lives in an apartment on the outskirts of NYC with five sphynx cats and twenty-nine plants. When not writing, she is either tending to one of the two, or reading, or venturing into the bowels of Brooklyn in search of more plants.
Catherine Kapphahn’s Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me received The Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award. It was also shortlisted for a Del Sol Press Prize. She has received artist grants from the Queens Council on the Arts. Her writing has appeared in Astoria Magazine, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, CURE Magazine, and SalonZine. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University and B.A. from Hunter College. Catherine is an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. Catherine also is a yoga teacher. She grew up in near the mountains in Colorado and now lives between two bridges in Queens, New York with her husband and two sons.
The author of nine books, Dean Kostos’s seventh collection—This Is Not a Skyscraper—won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, selected by Mark Doty. His poems, personal essays, and reviews have appeared in over 300 journals, including Barrow Street, Boulevard, Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, on Oprah Winfrey’s web-site Oxygen.com and on the Harvard University Press website. He has taught at the Gallatin School of New York University, The City University of New York, and Wesleyan. He has held workshops for gifted adolescents at Columbia University’s Columbia Scholastic Press Association. He has been invited to read his poetry at Princeton, Harvard, and City Lights Bookstore. His poem, “Subway Silk,” was translated into a movie by Canadian filmmaker Jill Clark and presented a Tribeca and San Francisco film festivals. He spends free time frequenting the Chelsea gallery scene.
Robert Ostrom is the author of Sandhour, Ritual and Bit and The Youngest Butcher in Illinois. He lives in Ridgewood, New York and teaches at New York City College of Technology.
Lori Lynn Turner‘s essay Eating Together, (Tin House, spring, 2018), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. An excerpt from her novella Serena’s Home was published in Brooklyn Rail (May, 2014). Her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have appeared in Brooklyn Rail, Tin House, The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food, the literary journal Killing the Angel, and Coldfront Magazine. Lori Lynn recently completed a memoir It’s in the House. She is currently working on an essay collection Prison Visits. Lori Lynn is the Associate Director of The New School Creative Writing Program.
DJ DUBSIX was born and raised in Queens, NYC. He mixed cassette tapes as a child, dropped needles to grooves as a teen, and now curates soundscapes that engage both the body and the mind. His musical selections tell stories and fill dance floors—and are why people say he is the “music man.” Remember to wear your dancing shoes and be ready to embrace your inner rebel when DubSix is juggling tunes. He is about musical revolution using the 1s and 2s.