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

Two Mothers and a Tara

Usually, Tara’s mother socializes. I stand at a distance, holding Tara in my arms.

I was dildo-deep in my girlfriend when Shelly, my childhood best friend, called me sobbing. This time she was done. She was leaving her husband of three years, for whom she’d quit college. My girlfriend said she had heard this story multiple times, and I told her to go fuck herself.




I Dream of Jeannie


Apoorva Bradshaw-Mittal (she/they) is a queer author from northern India. They hold a B.Tech. in Software Engineering from Delhi Technological University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She serves as the Editor of Product and Assistant Editor of Mississippi Review. They are a Lambda Literary Fiction Fellow (’22) and an alum of Tin House Winter Workshop (’22). Their work can be found in Electric Literature, and elsewhere.  They can be found on Twitter @MittalWrites.