Jonathan Callahan’s first book, ‘The Consummation of Dirk’, won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction and was published by Starcherone Books in 2013. Callahan grew up in Honolulu, studied fiction at Sarah Lawrence, and taught writing at SUNY Purchase for a year. Currently, he lives and works in Fukuoka, Japan.

‘The Witness’ is taken from Jonathan Callahan’s collection ‘The Consummation of Dirk’, with permission from the author. It first appeared in Unsaid, Vol. 5 (2011).