Adrie Rose reads a selection of work along with her Pushcart-nominated poem, “The Anthropocene” (4:00), which appears in Witness Magazine’s Fall/Winter 2020 Issue. Rose’s poem became a prescient mantra for the work we selected in this season of pre- and full-pandemic lockdown. Where she writes “The seasons / are coming loose,” we caught a glimmer… [Read More]
Witness Weekends are back with a bang! Join us as Christopher Citro reads from his poem, “The New Avenues the Only Avenues We Have,” from the Fall/Winter 2020 Online Issue. Citro’s work was a fast favorite among our readers, who found his poems well-crafted, intimate and surprising. Ultimately we were drawn in to the blue-dark… [Read More]
Witness Weekends are Back! Join us for readings from our Fall/Winter Issue contributors, all month long on our YouTube Channel and social media pages.
We are excited to announce some new changes for this reading period; we have extended our deadline, and added new free submission periods! From now until we reach capacity, there are no reading fees, thanks to the generosity of our previous submitters. So submit today!
Hello to 2021 with our Lit Award Finalists coming in hot! Special thanks to our judges, and congratulations to this talented group!
by Lance Larsen Is it just me, or do sunsets feel more battered these days? Too many crimsons and violent pinks to count, like a twilight train plowing into a herd of cows. Everything sad, haven’t you noticed, even rainy worms writhing like Ophelia instead of welcoming the wet. As for maple saplings in wind—why… [Read More]
by Doris W. Cheng You thought college would be the answer. To your awkwardness, your embarrassing erudition, your virginity. You imagined yourself a co-ed like the ones you saw on the pages of Seventeen magazine, hair ruffled, cable knit sweater knotted casually around your shoulders, though it took some effort to place your brown Asian… [Read More]
by Allison Field Bell I’ve used this payphone a half dozen times, and I always describe the scene. It’s a tiny miracle, this phone beside the sea. I imagine writing about it: a part of the landscape that predetermines remembering. Like the small white chapels with the blue domed roofs or the octopuses strung up… [Read More]
by Kathleen McNamara The day of his death, the boy’s mother woke him before dawn. “Dad’s making breakfast,” she said, her form shadowy in the dark. “You’ll need energy for the hike.” The boy loved early mornings before a trip into the wilderness. He loved the sound of his father singing as he scrambled… [Read More]
by Mike White We are all waiting in your waiting room where the watchful fish are never and the good green plant is never where the magazines only are called People Mike White is the author of the collections How to Make a Bird with Two Hands (Word Works, 2012) and Addendum… [Read More]
by Arianne Zwartjes It’s funny, my wife Anna said, how when a plane explodes and kills all these people, there’s still all this perfectly undamaged luggage that falls to the ground. As she was saying this the crisp image of a pink suitcase with white polka dots, lying on the dusty roan earth, stared back… [Read More]
by Nickalus Rupert I am not the kind of mother who tolerates disappointment, so when my son Diego emerged from his depression long enough to request a full-on “bash” for his ninth birthday, I listened with interest. Diego wanted the whole works—a bouncy Camelot castle, a hand-carved ice sculpture of a murderous movie clown,… [Read More]