Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

The Disappearance of Guy

Guy was released shortly after he was detained. His parents did their best to keep everything quiet. But already the rumors had begun.


Better a cage than a ditch

It was difficult to celebrate the end of something that should have never been.


Alejandro Varela’s (he/him) work has appeared in the Point Magazine, Boston Review, Harper’s, and the Offing, among others outlets. Varela is an editor-at-large of Apogee Journal. His graduate studies were in public health. His first book, The Town of Babylon, is a finalist for 2022 National Book Award. His second book, The People Who Report More Stress, is forthcoming (Astra House, 2023). Find more of his work here: And follow him on Twitter and IG @drovarela