Cover Photo: A GIF of a figure standing silhouetted at the end of an alley, scratching their head as if bemused. Around them, a dense bright wall of billboards and signs rise up on either side, flashing words like "Hey" and "Hurry" and "Act Now" and "Sale" in bright, garish letters.
Why Advertising Feels Like a Form of Urban Pollution

The problem isn’t encountering text, or even a lot of it. It’s the text that we encounter, the how and why of its coming to be.

Nov 30, 2022
Cover Photo: A screenshot of the actor Matthew Morrison from the show Glee, playing the drama teacher Will Schuester. He is wearing a checkered shirt and a sweater vest and has his hands spread out in an enthusiastic gesture while smiling.
Why Pop Culture Loves the Toxic Drama Teacher Trope

There is a great tradition of depicting the archetype of the unbridled, emotionally exploitative acting teacher.

Nov 29, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph by  Eduardo Velazco Guart/Unsplash
Revenge Travel Helped Me Learn to Manage My Anxiety

Though I estranged myself from my toxic family, their hold on my mind still needed to let me go. So I got on a plane and left.

Nov 28, 2022
Cover Photo: This image shows phases of the moon, a full moon on the left moving through six distinct phases, with a fingernail of a moon on the far right. The moons all share the same yellowish orange glow against a black starless background, as if in the dead of night.
I’m Living in the Poems I Can’t Yet Write
How does one translate life into poetry, especially in seasons of total depletion?
Sep 26, 2022
Cover Photo: This is a black and white photograph of the beach. In the foreground, there is a book open in the sand. In the background is the horizon of the ocean.
What Translators Mean When We Talk about Reading
Make sure you save a little of the “joy of discovery” for the actual translation process by not reading your source text too closely before translating it.
Sep 29, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph shows a person in a dress standing on top of a grassy hill, the sky behind them a bright blue. They are holding an old, worn traveling case in one hand.
Translated Self
Portuguese was my first language, but it was quickly followed by English. To this day, I have the impression that when I speak in English, I bury bits of myself in the process.
Sep 27, 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 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
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Model Home
Here’s the truth. We live in a model home in a prestigious village in a master-planned city. Beyond those borders, things aren’t so rosy.
Oct 28, 2022