Cover Photo: Art courtesy of the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana
How I Find Home in the Persian Poetry of Hafez

Home means that you’re anchored in something deeper than second-hand nostalgia, that you miss your country because it is a part of you.

Jun 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Ozan Safak/Unsplash; photo illustration by Matt Ortile
Listening to Fall Out Boy on the Brink of Collapse

The release of "Infinity on High" marked the final moments of the mid-2000s, a time when collapse nested on the tongues of everyone in my universe but never made it out of their mouths.

Jun 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Scene from 'Mars Attacks!'/Tim Burton Productions, Warner Bros.
Women Are from Mars Attacks!

The world of this movie is a world in which transness is not the exception but the rule.

Jun 11, 2019

In honor of Pride Month

Cover Photo: Illustration by Shing Yin Khor for Catapult
Burning Your Mouth to Spite Your Heart
I need something that is going to tingle, tell me the food is alive. Because I want to be alive, too.
Jun 03, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Pan Xiaozhen/Unsplash
What It Takes to Advocate for Twice-Exceptional Kids in School
I think about the many invisible struggles, the empty places I have had to fill for my kids. The bridges I’ve had to build.
May 29, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
How My Korean Skincare Routine Protects Me in Wintery, White Wyoming
I take off the effects of the day, the echoes of wind, sleet, and snow. I pamper my skin, urge it to replenish and heal. I am asking myself to brave another day.
May 29, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sarah Robbins for Catapult
The Kings of Norway
They all were going around trying to prove themselves, litigating the case for their own worth: Look at me, look at me, look at me—I matter, don’t I?
Jun 07, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Stefano Pollio/Unsplash
Harmless Are the Harvestmen We Don’t Let In
Who is there? I called when a spell of quiet passed, though I already had my guess, an automated sighting notice having gone out last week.
May 31, 2019
Cover Photo: Photograph by Sérgio Alves Santos/Unsplash
Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me
You’re safe now, said the plates, the walls, the glasses, even the golden chandelier that I hadn’t noticed before.
May 24, 2019