This is the first installment of Catapult’s latest feature: Writer Spotlight.
The Catapult team created the Community side of our website to allow writers to showcase their own work, and to break down barriers between writers and editors. As web editorial assistant, I peruse our open platform every day, reading, recommending, and sharing notable works. Writer Spotlight allows us to get to know our Community even more closely.
I found Brandon Taylor quite early on on Community and was immediately pulled into the language and intimacy of his stories. Taylor has since become the Assistant Editor of Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and was recently accepted into the Tin House Novel Writing Workshop. Besides his artistic pursuits, Brandon is a PhD candidate in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I was thankful that he could take some time to answer a couple of questions.
Morgan Jerkins is a writer and Associate Editor at Catapult.co. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Elle, Rolling Stone, and BuzzFeed, among many others. Her debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, is forthcoming in 2018 from Harper Perennial.
“Her main interest when it comes to books is to chew on the corners of them (which she has only done twice, thankfully, to a memoir and a story collection), and to sit on them (which she does any time I have books spread out on the floor).”