Cover Photo: An illustration of a man and a woman, seen from behind, as they look out onto the water. The man is wearing a plaid shirt and a cowboy hat; the woman has long hair and is wearing a tank top. The image is rendered in red, purple, and yellow tones as if to evoke a vivid sunset.
Pages from Before

Three days, our people had agreed: a real, old-school, ‘Rolling Stone’–style profile.

Aug 12, 2022
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Conversations with Friends with Endometriosis

All my life, I had looked for answers in books, and I was no different when it came to endometriosis.

Aug 11, 2022
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On Houses, Ghosts, and “Good Bones”

When we moved out of our house, I wondered: How much of our presence is still there? How much do we haunt the place?

Aug 11, 2022
Cover Photo: An image of some bills 100 dollar bills on fire
A Fully Funded MFA Doesn’t Mean Financial Security
As part of our Application Week series, Katerina Ivanov Prado writes about financial insecurity while pursuing her MFA, community, and resilience.
Cover Photo: This photograph shows a row of students in a classroom, all masked, all rapt with attention.
So You Want to Apply for an MFA
For our Application Week series, MFA directors and professors discuss common misconceptions, how they support students, and answer that ubiquitous question: Is getting an MFA worth it?
Aug 15, 2022
Cover Photo: A panel of three women sitting at a judges' table in front of a window. One has a laptop in front of her,  a second is taking notes, and a third is speaking.
How to Apply for Grants and Residencies
As part of our Application Week series, Jasmine Dreame Wagner writes about putting together your strongest proposal to get funding for your work-in-progress.
Cover Photo: An illustration of a figure on a terrace, looking out on a red lake
anak ko
past mahal / dressed in the garments / of two pronouns.
Jul 08, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows an apartment complex detailed like you are looking at the backside of a dollhouse and cut out of black paper. We see various scenes going on in different rooms, but in particular one apartment shows people having sex, while the apartment below it is being banged and rattled around
Intellectual Property as a Result
recently I signed a contract / which stipulates anything / I conceive of as a result / of the job belongs to the job
Mar 29, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph is a close up image of a shiny, orange clam, it's hinges open to the delicate sunshine that reflects off its shell and the wet sand beneath it.
Laying Down the Groundwork
When I got up before anyone else / I took the heavy clams from the fridge / and put them in a bowl of cool water.
Feb 25, 2022
Cover Photo: culinary tools like whisks, strainers, pots, and pans hanging in a dark kitchen, lit by an ominous light
“I didn’t even realize the sun had already set,” I said, turning on a light for Herrick. He awoke with a jerk. “Time to eat.”
Aug 05, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph by Jim McDonough/Flickr
Playing Games
Anyone can play, she said. Just don’t cheat.
Jul 29, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
An Old Hope
In previous pages of my journal, what I had remembered of the poem she’d shared with me, I jotted down.
Jul 22, 2022