Cover Photo: "Helpers of destiny; an odd phrase, considering that a destiny, by definition, is that which cannot be helped." Moyosore Orimoloye's short story "An Exercise in Paranoia":
An Exercise in Paranoia

The prayer for air safety then begins to taxi to a halt: “Charge your angels, oh Lord, to escort the plane from take-off to landing.”

Nov 15, 2019
Cover Photo: A photograph of a squirrel in Central Park eating an acorn, wary of the camera being pointed at it
How Do You Count All the Squirrels in Central Park?

“If you’re worried and you can’t sleep / count your squirrels rather than sheep.”

Nov 14, 2019
Cover Photo: An illustration by Kim Salt of a woman with long blond hair whose face is partially obscured, against a teal background holding a plain white puzzle piece while covered in a blue, green, khaki, and pink blanket. There are corresponding puzzle pieces missing within her own body.
Finding My Inner Piece: How Puzzles Ease My Anxiety

It’s very calming, very methodical, very good if, say, someone you love has died, but you know the world cannot stop, and you can’t either.

Nov 13, 2019

Celebrating one year of Catapult Artists

Cover Photo: Hands chopping scallions surrounded by various Korean  ingredients such as garlic, soy sauce, rice, among other Korean sample ingredients.
Banchan, the Only Food I Like to Share
“You can tell a lot about a Korean restaurant based on the banchan it offers.”
Nov 06, 2019
Cover Photo: A collage of photos of the author smiling in a beekeeper suit with hundreds of live bees in her open palms
What I Learned from the Master Beekeeper
He prefaces all his beekeeping sessions with a proposal to examine hives without gloves. It teaches a beekeeper to be more gentle. It’s easier to be gentle without gloves.
Oct 29, 2019
Cover Photo: An illustration of a young man watching a film in the movie theater; the screen is framed by rainbow curtains; projected onto the screen is a still from the Tom Hanks film 'The Burbs
When You Hate the Movie Your Lover Loves: On Tom Hanks in ‘The ’Burbs’
It’s easy to think—as Ray does in ‘The ’Burbs’—that you can know a lot about a person from what they value.
Oct 28, 2019
Cover Photo: An illustration of two men—one white, one Mexican—observing a larger-than-human medallion with the image of a grandmother as the Mother Cabrini in a gallery of Mesoamerican artifacts
The Moon’s Navel
“You’re Mexican!” he said a little too enthusiastically, like I was just what he’d been looking for. I worried that he was going to put me in his museum or something.
Nov 08, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
The Whales
The whales would sing because they were alone, but with each other, their song a reminder that loss and exile are linked.
Nov 01, 2019
Cover Photo: Color pencil drawing of a little girl getting her face painted at a party by a face painter and looking into a mirror, scared of her reflection and crying.
Year of the Pony
I can’t stop seeing the brush in her hand as a scalpel, her countless bracelets jangling as she prepares to make the next cut.
Oct 25, 2019