Cover Photo: Photograph by Roque Nonini, courtesy of the author
A Conversation With PEN America Best Debut Short Stories 2018 Author Maud Streep

“You can fall in love with a place in a way that’s just as made-up and selective as how you fall in love with a person.”

Oct 16, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Nicole Caputo for Catapult
Montrose, the Neighborhood That Gave Us Everything

Montrose was unofficially codified as the nexus of queer life in Houston. That’s the part we cared about. If you held a map to the wall, I could tell you how we came to be on those streets.

Oct 16, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Brian Rea for Catapult
Parting the Sea, and Why the White Cane is a Symbol of Power, Not Helplessness

I felt that whipping out the white cane would irrevocably launch me into the kingdom of the blind, and, for many years, I did not want to go there.

Oct 15, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by Dennis Jarvis/flickr
When Your Mother Country Becomes a Foreign Land
I grew up in the in-between: white, Hispanic, a pigment of mixtures that blended unevenly.
Oct 10, 2018
Cover Photo: Photography by Nikhita S via Unsplash
How to Stop Saying Sorry When Things Aren’t Your Fault
In Hindi, you don’t say ‘sorry;’ you ask for forgiveness. So, growing up, I made the mistake of apologizing for who I am.
Oct 02, 2018
Cover Photo: Art by Isabelle Laureta for Catapult
Carefree White Girls, Careful Brown Girls
“Nobody will stop a young blond girl, that’s the truth,” you said. This was when I grew angry with you, when I wanted to scrap our week-old friendship.
Sep 25, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by Laura Pontiggia/flickr
The Richmond
Mama and Baba refused to leave our foggy little Chinese hamlet. Although they had traveled across the world, now they would no longer travel east of Arguello Boulevard.
Oct 12, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Nicole Caputo
The Bereavers at the Crying Competition
The MC introduced each contestant, and at the end, said that that year’s grief counselors in black would like to be called the Bereavers. He mispronounced it as the Beliebers, and the audience laughed, because they are American, and have no idea what Bereaver could mean.
Oct 06, 2018
Cover Photo: Photography by Brian Evans / flickr
The Other Mother
Patti never mentioned her own daughter. I realized she was a little broken too, like the rest of us. She had a tender point she hid from us, from me: the enemies.
Sep 28, 2018