Seawitches is a bi-annual print publication with the eternal theme of water. Within the water theme we’ve explored menstruation, mental health, white privilege, technology, environmental issues, and more.
Every issue has an Artist In Residence (AIR), including Leah Koransky (1), Caitlin Mattisson (2), and Savannah Rusher (4). Writers include Easkey Britton, Serena Renner, Kehinde Apara, Margaret Seelie, Maureen Murphy, Coco Peezy, and more. Artists include Amelia Coplan, Andrew Kaineder, Bleen Photography, Chris Duncan, Cristine Blanco, Elizabeth Pepin Silva, Rebecca Schillinger, Kaylee Savage-Wright, Kimberly Rose Wendt, Luke Allen, Marley Reynosa, Paige Laverty, Preston Richardson, Sarah Beeby, Susan Mattisson, Yoni Matatyaou, and more.
Whether you love oceans with wild waves, lakes that leave your skin smelling of fresh dirt, pools with sunlight slithering across blue paint, or a good soak in the tub – we think you'll like what you find with Seawitches.
Olivia VanDamme is a Latina, mixed race woman who is dedicated to helping others build reciprocity with the more than human world, especially with the ocean. As a surfer, and rock climber she has advocated to help create more equity and representation in these sports, and amplify narratives that are underrepresented in media. Through her art, poetry, and music she illuminates her experiences at the intersections of her identities, passions and connection to nature. Her most recent collaboration was with the Outside Voices podcast that she created the theme song for. She graduated from CSU Chico with a BA in Geography, worked at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and has volunteered or worked for over 8 non-profits in the Bay Area. In her previous role as the Program Director for City Surf Project in San Francisco she helped grow the surfing PE school program to 8 public schools, secured government funding, and increased partnerships. Olivia now works for the California Academy of Sciences in Expanded Learning & Youth Programs, increasing STEAM learning for middle school youth nationwide. She is an alumni of the Youth Outside Rising Leaders Fellowship, member of Environmental Educators of Color group, and has spoken at the This Way to Sustainability, Institute for Women Surfers, and PGMONE Summit. Through environmental justice policy work and advocacy, she hopes to continue to make the California coast more accessible to ALL Californians.
Margaret Seelie is an artist and writer based in San Francisco, California. She publishes an independent print magazine called Seawitches. With a background in graphic design and a love of language, her passion sits at the intersection of good design, typography, and books. When she’s not working, you’ll find her surfing, letterpress printing, shaping surfboards, avoiding plastic, or listening to vinyl records.