Cover Photo: A young South Asian man with a hand outstretched reaching out to the viewer
How My Community Showed Me I Could Be Both Muslim and Queer

“It was this Islam, the Islam of authenticity, community, justice, and love, that showed me how to be a truer version of myself.”

Sep 18, 2019
Cover Photo: Two human mannequins modeling clothes in a shop window covered with stickers advertising a sale and price discounts
My Grandmother Tried to Dress Me for a Life I Couldn’t Afford

Gramsie wasn’t being a snob. Or, she wasn’t just being a snob. She was trying to school me.

Sep 17, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Celia Jacobs for Catapult
Why We Shouldn’t Call Adoptees “Lucky”

If all adoptees felt not only safe, but empowered in their families and their communities, I would feel better—but not lucky.

Sep 17, 2019

In honor of Latinx Heritage Month

Cover Photo: Photograph by the Fischer Twins/Unsplash
Unheard Grief, Unmovable Men: How an Old Mexican Folktale Speaks to Our Pain Today
All the wrong people are crying, and all the people who ought to feel something do not.
Nov 05, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Isabelle Laureta for Catapult
I Named My Daughter After the Woman I Wish She Could Have Met
Something unexpected cracks me open every year: Tonight, it was my daughter, recognizing the name I’d given her because I couldn’t give her the woman herself.
Nov 21, 2018
Cover Photo: Scene from 'Amar a muerte'/W Studios y Lemon Studios for Televisa and Univision
Falling in Love and (Finally) Finding Queer Representation on a Telenovela
I know that their lips are touching, and that this is the first time it’s ever happened on a free-to-air telenovela.
Cover Photo: Scene from "Pretty Little Liars," Freeform
What an Over-the-Top, Teen Cable Drama Taught Me About My Sexuality
I didn’t know—or think I knew—any visibly queer women, and watching these fictional women half-existing seemed both comforting and lonely.
Sep 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Dress by Mr. Larkin
Why Your Grandma’s Housecoat is the Perfect Work-From-Home Outfit
We fall prey to letting writing become a passion, cooking a hobby, teaching a service. We must rethink how we value labor.
Cover Photo: Photograph by Pawel Szvmanski/Unsplash
Wearing Wigs Gave Me Freedom From the Shame of Mental Illness
And then there were the wigs: exercises in risk-taking, rejections of my boring and shame-consumed past self.
Sep 05, 2019
Cover Photo: In this illustration for Catapult by artist Celia Jacobs, a ghostly, partially transparent blond girl hovers in front of a red-faced man. The man is looking directly at the viewer as he sits in bed and the girl looks off to the side.
The Ghost on Platte River Access Road
That was the problem with ghosts, they made the air around them poisonous . . . and the only way to be rid of them was to be rid of the source.
Cover Photo: Illustration by Celia Jacobs for Catapult
Shadow Box
“It’s all well and good to dream. Dreaming keeps a body moving.”
Sep 06, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Alexandra Bowman for Catapult
The Projection of Jupiter in Zoo City
Humans should never have come to Florida, but their biggest mistake of all was Zoo City.
Aug 30, 2019