Photos courtesy Carlton Perry and Dr. Kit Stubbs, respectively.

When it comes to sex and sex positivity, there are perhaps no two better folks to chat with than Carlton Perry and Dr. Kit Stubbs, the president of the board and the founder, respectively, of The Effing Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to “promote sexual literacy, health, and wellness worldwide.” The Effing Foundation was founded in 2016, and since then, has awarded over $170,000 in grants to projects and individuals who are helping to de-stigmatize conversations about human sexuality. The hope? …


Photo by Julian Sambrano.

By TSW Editor Joyce Chen

To say that our personhood isn’t meant to fit neatly into a box, or even a series of boxes, is not a new thought. It has arguably been around since there have been forces — most times, pressure from those in positions of power — who seek to limit our identities to a single, flattening label. For sociologist and author Anthony Ocampo, Ph.D., understanding the constraints of these social categories has helped him to then trace fault lines in the foundation of how we’ve come to understand one another across racial, gender, and sexual spectrums.


Even the title of Callum Angus’s debut short story collection, A Natural History of Transition (Metonymy, 2021), is incredibly evocative. It sounds like a guidebook and a theory text and a poetry collection at once. In fact it has elements of all of these things. The stories here have kids with caterpillars, magic ships in quarries, a chrysalis or two, seasonal gender, Gertrude Stein, and a person who becomes a mountain who becomes a moon. Among other things. Reading this slim yet expansive collection is a joyride for the brain, even when it reckons with deep-rooted pain and grief.

Angus…


By Ella Shapiro, Editorial Fellow

James Tison is one of 2021’s most outspoken comics and has been lauded by the New York Times for paving the way for nonbinary representation in the stand-up scene. Not one to shy away from uncomfortable topics, James has spoken openly about being HIV-positive, queer, and sober, both in their stand-up and, recently, on their social media platforms. To their own disbelief, James now has 48.7k followers on TikTok, where their personal commentary about all things ranging from the trans community to pandemic etiquette has created space for candid conversations to take place online. …


Yasmin Benoit is a true example of a multi-hyphenate. The UK-based model, YouTuber, writer, and holder of two science degrees — BSc in Sociology and MSc in Crime Science — is also one of the most prominent and visible activists focused on increasing awareness of asexuality and aromanticism.

Through her widely followed social media platforms (14k on Twitter and nearly 40k on Instagram); articles in heavy-hitting magazines like Vogue, Glamour, GQ and Forbes; the creation of the hashtag #ThisIsWhatAsexualityLooksLike; and the founding of the first ever International Asexuality Awareness Day (the first of which is coming up on April 6…


There’s a line in The Arsonists’ City, Hala Alyan’s newly-released sophomore novel after 2017’s Salt Houses, that reads, “A house can endure only so many deaths.” Folded into this line is the literal house at the center of the novel, an inherited house in Beirut which is the site of love, loss, childhood, pain, home, and not least, nostalgia for the characters of this multigenerational story. But on an earth that feels like it’s edging ever further into precarity and destruction, in a time of desperate illness and injustice and climate change, I couldn’t help but think of this as…


by Avi-Yona Israel, Director of Advocacy

On her professional website, Anya Overmann describes herself as “a writer, a marketer, and an activist who loves to connect with and advocate for people with great ideas.” This is an understatement; after an hour-long conversation with Anya, I’m certain that she is one of the clearest-minded visionaries of modern times, and at the very least, my new personal hero.

Anya, a proud Humanist, was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she attended the Ethical Society of St. Louis every Sunday as a child, an organization which describes itself as “a Humanist…


Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is a pillar of America’s queer, anti-establishment, gender expansive, and utterly lyrical literary landscape. Her work includes multiple volumes of fiction, memoir, and anthology, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir The End of San Francisco (City Lights, 2013); one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year, her novel Sketchstasy (Arsenal Pulp, 2018); and the excellent anthology Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal Press, 2006). She’s also a staple in the Seattle creative community and a curious, luminous soul who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time in 2019 at Elliott…


Interviewed by Avi-Yona Israel, Director of Advocacy

Photo credit: Nuria Serene

This is the third in a series of interviews (conversations) I have done for The Seventh Wave this year; each began with a grand plan for interviewing lots of strangers (all with Zoom fatigue) across the spectrum of every relevant industry (that is likely crumbling), before ending on the phone with a long-time loved one, haranguing them about their chosen career and denying any and all assertions of impostor syndrome. The last of these occurred between myself and the best friend that I left (though only corporeally) in Philadelphia. Joel, otherwise known as…


Back in the late spring of 2020, a time that seems so distant now, we at The Seventh Wave brainstormed ideas for interviews. Among the ideas was to strike up a month-long correspondence with some poets, a once-a-week note with a question that they each could respond to in the moment. The idea was that it would act as a time capsule, adjacent to our Mind Capsule project, but also adjacent to everything that is talked about/created/happening right now, in this time that feels extra potent, extra life-and-death. How are a few poets, who have new or recent books, experiencing…

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