Catapult

Choose Your Quarantine House (I – IV)

under the dark sitting pretty / on the patch of hardwood floor / where confession / and callousness meet

Dec 02, 2020
Reimagining Light

The water flows through hollow bones and returns / as a song. It sounds familiar in the beginning / Then always changes.

Nov 02, 2020
Corrective State

The people behind bars are captives of war / The people stolen into camps and cages / speak it plain

Shivering in the Summertime

some days my own womb shivers at the thought of / my black ass children being thrown / against any wall

Oct 19, 2020
the faggotry

the ones you call those frickin’ Ayrabs, the ones / who hold hands with / kiss cheeks with those they call / habibi & isn’t every habibi is a mis/-translation of? habibi

Oct 14, 2020
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Shannon Sanders

“Every interaction between adult siblings presents a chance to get more clarity about the past. Hopefully, we’re able to seize at least some of these chances.”

Oct 09, 2020
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Matthew Jeffrey Vegari

“I wrote much of the story listening to jazz, including the title song, for inspiration on how to shift without imposing too much of a structure.”

Oct 06, 2020
Love Me A Man Who Cries

I claw / against the syrup to love other men / for whom, bless them, a bird is just / a bird.

A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Willa C. Richards

“I wanted to portray the pain of trying to reach someone who is inside their own, unreachable pain, and how this often puts untenable pressure on relationships.”

Sep 24, 2020
Dark Blue

turn me into a place like home to you. / Say my name like the stars and / Let’s go out tonight.

Sep 23, 2020
A Conversation With Best Debut Short Stories 2020 Author Kristen Sahaana Surya

“I think so much art—especially cinema—acts as an instruction manual for women.”

Sep 21, 2020
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