The new issue of Witness is about chaos, which very old references describe as a void, an absence, a state before creation. But more recent scientific use implies that randomness and disorder would make sense if we could just get a vast enough perspective.
We’ve strived toward that goal with new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, in print and online at WitnessMag.org.
From life-changing events that take place in the womb to unexpected shifts at the end of a life, these pieces contemplate the control we work to exert or the lack of control that we endure within individual lives.
Kevin McLellan is the author of: Tributary (Barrow Street); the chapbook Round Trip(Seven Kitchens), a collaborative series with numerous women poets; and the book arts project [box] (Letter [r] Press). The chapbook Shoes on a wire (Split Oak Press) is forthcoming. McLellan won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize, and his poems have appeared in journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Superstition Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and several others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA.
Kathleen Zamboni McCormick is Professor of Literature at Purchase College, SUNY. Her essay, “I Always Thought I Was on Good Terms with the Virgin Mary Even Though I Hadn’t Gotten Pregnant in High School,” won the Tiny Lights First Prize and was performed in Petaluma, CA. She’s negotiating with a NYC theater to do readings of other pieces. Work has appeared in Witness, South Carolina Review, and Zone 3, among others. Academic books include The Culture of Reading and the Teaching of English (MLA Mina Shaughnessy Award).
Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Kevin McLellan.
Kevin McLellan is the author of Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and the chapbooks Shoes on a Wire (Split Oak, 2015) runner-up for the 2012 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has poems in journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, Spoon River Poetry Review, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA, and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at URI.
Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Svetlana Lavochkina.
Svetlana Lavochkina is a writer of fiction and translator of poetry. Her novella Dam Duchess was chosen runner-up for the 2013 Paris Literary Prize. Born and educated in Ukraine, Svetlana currently resides in Germany with her husband and two sons. Her work has been published in Circumference, Witness, Cerise Press, Drunken Boat, Eclectica, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Literary Review, and Chamber Four Fiction Anthology. Svetlana is co-founder and president of Leipzig Writers, a non-profit organization supporting literary projects.