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 XXVII.1 (Spring 2014) "Ghosts" Now Available

Witness XXVII.1 (Spring 2014) “Ghosts” Now Available

Witness' spring 2014 print issue "Ghosts" (XXVII.1) is now available.

Ghosts – Vol. XXVII No. 1 (Spring 2014)

David Maisel / INSTITUTE Editor’s Comment Maile Chapman, Witness editor Fiction James Gallant, Segovia in Uruguay Elvis Bego, Hamza the Comedian Sarah Strickley, Peek-a-Boo Bipin Aurora, Satish Kapoor David Rutschman, The Squirrels David Driscoll, Orphans On the Moon Maxim Loskutoff, Bobby’s Brain Elizabeth Eslami, New Year Heidi Diehl, Voice Mail Almasi Hines, Women and Men...
New collection from contributor Jason Ockert

New collection from contributor Jason Ockert

Neighbors of Nothing by Jason Ockert will be available from Dzanc Books on November 16.
Five Stars: The Review Review has a rave one for Witness

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

"When I was young and growing up in a small town in Kentucky, popular magazines like National Geographic helped me feel connected to the wider world. Witness is the kind of magazine that appeals to the grown-up version of that child–the person who wants to see and encounter the world in the beauty and complexity...
Witness XXVI.3 (Winter 2013) Now Live

Witness XXVI.3 (Winter 2013) Now Live

Witness' winter 2013 issue (XXVI.3) is now live. Contents include poetry and fiction by Nate Haken, Emily Elbom, Risa Mickenberg, Gillian Hamel, Ely Shipley, Maxine Chernoff, Claudia Keelan, and Adam Strauss.

Vol. XXVI No. 3 (Winter 2013)

Pamela Daum / “Henry House, Manassas Battlefield” Download a copy for your eReader. Fiction Nate Haken, The Vine and the Branches Emily Elbom, Everybody Doing Pretty Here Risa Mickenberg, She Wasn’t Their Mother Poetry Gillian Hamel, NO DISASTER 113 / NO DISASTER 354 / NO DISASTER 083 Ely Shipley, The Witch Doctor Told Me /...
Rooney Poem Included in Best American Poetry 2013

Rooney Poem Included in Best American Poetry 2013

Anne Marie Rooney published the poems "Entry: open sky" and "Entry: open word" in Witness XXV.2.
2014-15 Bennett Fellows Application Live

2014-15 Bennett Fellows Application Live

The application period for the 2014-15 Bennett Fellows residency cycle, which offers up to three $50,000 stipends to outstanding writers, is now open.
New Sze-Lorrain Poetry Collection

New Sze-Lorrain Poetry Collection

My Funeral Gondola, by Fiona Sze-Lorrain, is now available from El Leon Literary Arts.
Alissa Nutting Novel Tampa Now Available

Alissa Nutting Novel Tampa Now Available

The new novel from BMI PhD fellow, and former Witness Fiction Editor, is generating national buzz.
Armstrong Story Collection Wins Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

Armstrong Story Collection Wins Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

Going Anywhere selected from more than 500 manuscripts from 16 countries.
Mennies Collection Wins McDonald Poetry Prize

Mennies Collection Wins McDonald Poetry Prize

"The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards," by Rachel Mennies, has won the annual Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry.