Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
A Precious Stone

“A humble name. Shi Tou cannot be mistaken for a precious stone. To be something ordinary makes you less fragile.”

Dec 09, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of the author
The Whole Country Is Fighting: A Dispatch from Ukraine

“The whole country is fighting,” one of my relatives told me. It was a throwaway remark, but it was the most apt thing I heard that weekend in Ukraine.

Dec 06, 2022
Cover Photo: A photograph of the actors Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey from the TV show "The Office." They are sitting on a couch and smiling at the camera. Fischer is holding a bucket of popcorn and kernels are in the air around them.
TV Recaps Taught Me How to Write Criticism

They provided a blueprint by showing the critical apparatus in a container transparent enough that I could see the inner workings.

Dec 06, 2022
Cover Photo: A headshot of Hilton Als wearing a coat with a large fur collar, next to the cover of his book MY PINUP.
Hilton Als Is Finding Language for the Inexpressible
In this conversation with Isabella Vega, Als discusses his new book ‘My Pinup,’ the nature of desire, and the vulnerability of writing.
Nov 08, 2022
Cover Photo: This header image has a picture of Cheryl Strayed sitting in a chair on the left hand side and a cover of her newest book, TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, on the right hand side.
How’s the Writing Going, Cheryl Strayed?
“I love writing. I really do. Even though I often hate it at various points in the process. Learning to accept that has been so important to me.”
Nov 22, 2022
Cover Photo: This header image shows headshots of Kavita Das, Gaiutra Bahadur, and Gabrielle Bellot, along with the book cover of Craft and Conscience
The Risks, Realities, and Rewards of Writing About Social Issues
A roundtable with Kavita Das, the author of ‘Craft and Conscience: How to Write About Social Issues,’ and contributors Gaiutra Bahadur and Gabrielle Bellot.
Nov 28, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph looks through golden grasses in a prairie as the sun sets, washing the field in orange light.
a steadfast soul-birth, tried and true / this is where you sing creation into being
Sep 22, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph by Lucia Macedo/okeykat/Unsplash
Complicit Poem
When was the last time you chose / a glass of pinot over fair pay?
Sep 13, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Though, no man can disappoint me / as much as the body I was / born into. Kidding, obvi. I’m Chilling!
Aug 30, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of a hotel room, with clothing strewn about the floor; out the window, a UFO flies by
Room 105 at the Ramada on Sundays
Mary decided then and there that Harold would do. She missed skin on skin. She missed letting go.
Dec 02, 2022
Cover Photo: An image of two adults looking at a girl on the swings
Give A Little
A sticky silence befalls the house for many weeks.
Nov 18, 2022
Cover Photo: This is a colorful illustration of a Black woman sitting in a blue chair with a child on her lap. The child's dress has American flags on it. There are two plants on either side of the chair and the drawing has many patterns.
The Americanization of Kambili
I hissed the words at her. “This, your America, it will kill you.”
Nov 04, 2022