Cover Photo: This illustration is made up of six blue panels (three panels wide and two panels tall). In the top center panel, a figure is shown diving into the water, spread open like a book, across the bottom three panels.
Illustration by Eliza Harris for Catapult

The Working Metaphors of Novel Writing

Ingrid Rojas Conteras speaks to Naima Coster, Alexandra Kleeman, R. O. Kwon, Laura van den Berg, and Bryan Washington about the language they use to describe writing novels.

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

The Incendiaries

Something New Under the Sun

Halsey Street What’s Mine and Yours

The Third Hotel


Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday, 2018) a silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and a New York Times editor's choice. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Cut, The Believer, and elsewhere. A new work of nonfiction, a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds, is coming from Doubleday in 2022.