Witness XXIX.1 (Spring 2016) Now Live

Witness XXIX.1 (Spring 2016) Now Live

The Witness Spring 2016 issue (XXIX.1) is now live.
Witness XXVIII.3 (Winter 2015) Now Live

Witness XXVIII.3 (Winter 2015) Now Live

The Witness Winter 2015 issue (XXVIII.3) is now live.
Witness XXVIII.2 (Summer 2015) Now Live

Witness XXVIII.2 (Summer 2015) Now Live

The Witness Summer 2015 issue (XXVIII.2) is now live.
Five Stars: The Review Review has a rave one for Witness

Five Stars: The Review Review has a rave one for Witness

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Photo Essay Submissions

Photo Essay Submissions

Witness is now accepting submissions of photo essays for our Summer and Winter online issues.
Witness Featured in "Top 50 Literary Magazines" List

Witness Featured in “Top 50 Literary Magazines” List

Witness appears in Every Writer's Resource's list of top fifty literary magazines.
Witness fiction included in Best American Short Stories Notables List

Witness fiction included in Best American Short Stories Notables List

The 2012 Best American Short Stories notables list includes three pieces of fiction first published in Witness.
Witness Reviewed by Newpages.com

Witness Reviewed by Newpages.com

Witness's Spring 2012 print issue "Disaster" was recently reviewed by Newpages.com.

CURRENT ISSUE » XXIX.2 (Summer 2016)

Sugato Mukherjee / 'The Living Gods of Malabar'

Sugato Mukherjee / “The Living Gods of Malabar”
Theyyam is an ancient religious tradition of Malabar in North Kerala, India. A hierarchy of gods and goddesses are believed to be embodied in flesh and blood by oracles, who use ritual music, dance, and chanting to portray and invoke the deities. Vellan, who has been a Theyyam practitioner for eight years, takes a drink of coconut water before entering into his trance.

Fiction

Katrina Carrasco, Tranq

George Choundas, The Duplex and the Scarp

Asako Serizawa, Willow Run

Christa Romanosky, Things That Scatter When the Light Hits

R.L. Maizes, Collections

Nonfiction

Arkady Polishchuk, The City of the Blind

Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented magazine to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to his or her times. Launched in Detroit in 1987, the magazine is best known for showcasing work that defines its historical moment; special issues have focused on political oppression, religion, the natural world, crime, aging, civil rights, love, ethnic America, and exile. The issues “New Nature Writing,” “The Sixties,” “Sports in America,” and “The Best of Witness, 1987 – 2004” eventually appeared as university press anthologies.In 2007, Witness moved to Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The magazine now publishes one special print issue and two general online issues each year and increasingly seeks out work that contextualizes the American experience by highlighting issues of global concern.