Witness Editors
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.

Witness XXIX.3 (Winter 2016) Now Live

The Witness Winter 2016 issue (XXIX.3) is now live.

Witness XXIX.2 (Summer 2016) Now Live

The Witness Summer 2016 issue (XXIX.2) is now live.

Vol. XXIX.2 Summer 2016

CURRENT ISSUE » XXIX.2 (Summer 2016) 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...
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.

Vol. XXVIII No. 2 (Summer 2015)

Ashley Gilbertson / VII Fiction Sara C. Thomason, Liberation Day John Colasacco, The Boy Who Didn’t Wash Chris Fink, Strings Lindsay Sproul, Jack Armstrong Gwen Goodkin, One From Many Nonfiction Mike Smith, Shadow Texts Poetry Lia Greenwell, Montauk, NY Christopher Citro, Nerve Endings Like Strawberry Runners Cody Ernst, Unstuck Derek Gromadzki, Escapement Virginia Konchan, Anodyne...
Witness "Spectacle" Issue Call for Submissions

Witness “Spectacle” Issue Call for Submissions

Submit work for Witness' special issue "Spectacle."
Witness XXVII.3 (Winter 2014) Now Live

Witness XXVII.3 (Winter 2014) Now Live

The Witness winter 2014 issue (XXVI.3) is now live.
Witness XXVII.2 (Summer 2014) Now Live

Witness XXVII.2 (Summer 2014) Now Live

The Witness summer 2013 issue (XXVI.2) is now live. Contents include poetry and fiction by Michael Hyde, Deborah Clearman, Mary Kuryla, Mi Ditmar, Nicholas Maistros, Charles Bernstein, Rebecca Lindenberg, Michael Rutherglen, Jaswinder Bolina, and Joyelle McSweeney.

Vol. XXVII No. 2 (Summer 2014)

Neil de la Flor / “Wraith”Veronica Ortiz (pianist) and Jahzel Dotel perform prior to the opening of Cask, a theatrical dance production created by Marissa Alma Nick based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Cask of Amontillado,” on October 25, 2013, at the Miami Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box. Fiction Michael Hyde, The...
Debut Collection from Contributor Rachel Mennies Now Available

Debut Collection from Contributor Rachel Mennies Now Available

The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards now available from Texas Tech University Press.