Cover Photo: A screenshot from the series House MD, depicting the characters Allison Cameron and Gregory House. Cameron is wearing a white lab coat and has her hands on her hips, staring at House in exasperation. House is wearing a t-shirt and looking away from Cameron.
Through Fanfiction, I Learned the Machinery of My Mind

On the page, I was intact. I was smart and forceful. I had a comeback for every spar.

Jun 21, 2022
Cover Photo: Photograph by Gryffindor/Wikimedia Commons
Austria Is Offering Citizenship to Descendants of Jews Exiled During Nazi Occupation. Is That Enough?

This right to return offered to Jews makes me think about who is entitled to join Europe and who is not.

Jun 21, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows a man  clutching the sides of a grocery store aisle with a baby strapped to his chest. The end of the aisle is bending and swirling, giving a sense of discomfort and disorientation.
The Baby Carrier Built for Men: FAQs for Commando™

Our desert-night camouflage pattern may bring back memories of the flak you donned in Bagdad.

Jun 17, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph shows a man sitting inside a study cubicle with his laptop. He looks frustrated; his hand is clutching his hair and he is staring at his computer with intensity.
On Writing (with a Day Job)
There are many kinds of writing lives, and yours includes a day job.
Jul 19, 2021
Cover Photo: Photograph by Thomas Franke/Unsplash
Nobody Cares What You Have to Say—That’s a Good Thing
Trying to get your work published often feels like calling out into the void, which can be disheartening, but also incredibly freeing.
Aug 03, 2021
Cover Photo: Photograph by Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash
Like Being a Good-Enough Mother, Being a Good-Enough Writer Is Enough
I love and care for my child unconditionally. Maybe I can do that for my writing too.
Apr 20, 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: This illustration shows two brown hands holding a collection of green gems--some are cut to look as if they are sparkling, others show old Spanish newspaper clippings. In the facets of one gem, we seem men holding up guns and pointing them toward the sky.
when his niece asks / tell me about Chía, the answer is always just: it’s a long story / but I think what you’re telling me, is that language is an inadequate grieving
Feb 16, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Gentle Cheater
The slip taped to his locker at the post office was an obscene shade of rose—a private pink that called to mind the very thing that had gotten him in trouble in the first place.
Jun 10, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of a female student taking an exam, with a suited man behind her, his hands on her shoulders; the pair is refracted into different student-professor duos in the background
Theory of Knowledge
An example of the just-world phenomenon: If anyone found out, they would think I deserved it. When it’s the girl who gets hurt, they always do.
Jun 03, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows a man and a woman sleeping side by side. Around them, bubbles in pink and purple and blue float around their heads.
The Dreams that Float Above Our Heads
When Lilith and Gerald were married, it was because they should be.
May 27, 2022