Catapult

A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Sena Moon

“It’s hard to keep the imposter syndrome at bay.”

Sep 18, 2020
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Valerie Hegarty

“Some studies have actually found that a cat's purring can help mend broken bones.”

Sep 14, 2020
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Ani Cooney

“Since March, how many have had to grow up fast and be valorous because of amoral, wicked, and cowardly leadership?”

Sep 11, 2020
in & out of jean shorts (the reel catches)

I wish for sex out / in the open, to have / some strange body / glide over mine, to collide / as if to butterfly / underwater required not one / but two sets of salty / chests & jutting / calves

Sep 08, 2020
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Damitri Martinez

“I cling to art, sometimes as my only saving grace.”

Sep 08, 2020
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Mohit Manohar

“Interracial love has been codified and digitized, and we’ve found that it sells less ads, is less addictive, than its alternative.”

Sep 04, 2020
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Mbozi Haimbe

“I decided to subvert readers’ expectations in terms of the narrative of a diaspora visiting their homeland in order to challenge the myth that all those arriving home from the west are endowed with bags of cash.”

Sep 02, 2020
Is This Your Sky or Mine?

The body just births more questions and that’s my future.

Aug 26, 2020
A Roundtable With the PEN America Best Debut Short Stories Judges: Tracy O’Neill, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Deb Olin Unferth

So many of the stories I liked best played with understatement and a sort of quiet, confident pacing.

Aug 25, 2020
I’m not like you

and don’t you ever forget / it takes practice to access what you demolished / when you see us / you feel something for the first time

Aug 18, 2020
No Beast, Don’t Bend

I am a body surrendered fully to nature, captured in this house, left sitting on haunches in corners under blankets.

A Conversation with Jessica J. Lee, Author of ‘Two Trees Make a Forest’

I just can’t stop coming back to this idea of human migrations, family migrations, and plant migrations.

Great Canadian Novel

As if a country was not an ever-tightening feeling in my chest. As if poetry was not an ever-tightening.

On the occasion that i die before i’m thirty,

there must be no mention of my migration or bravery; / if anyone reads poetry, let it only be an ode to green-tea donuts

Jul 07, 2020
and though the odds say improbable

they ain’t superhuman. ain’t always able / to save the children the men the country or even your silk presses / but whatever they touch. somebody’s good god blesses.

Jul 01, 2020
“Don’t stop drawing”: Maryam Sefati, Catapult Artist for June 2020

“In illustration, we have to understand the writer's mind as much as we can to make the work.”

Jun 30, 2020
Mickey

I don’t think you thought you’d appear / in my poem but here you are

Jun 22, 2020
For My Friends, in Reply to a Question

I don’t know if I’ll ever go home again. I don’t know who I’ve seen for the last time.

Jun 22, 2020
Poetry and a Truth

Everybody read. I felt it. Poetry and honesty. Poetry and a clarity of feeling. I needed something so badly to be true.

Jun 22, 2020