Cover Photo: An illustration of a Black man in four different poses—holding a camera up to his face, mixing colors on a paint palette, painting on a canvas, and sanding a piece of wood.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

The Story of My Father’s Hands

In that motel room I saw my father forever altered, with lasting wounds, like the scar on one of his hands—hands I’d studied and knew by heart.

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

Art in America

Square PegsFamily Ties


“Why did they move?” I asked my mother.

What did children ever do?

Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a Brooklyn-based writer and creative nonfiction writing teacher. She is currently working on a memoir about growing up biracial in the 80's punk scene. She is a contributing editor at Vestal Review and the creator/producer/host of the How I Learned storytelling series. On Instagram she's @blaiseallysen, but to learn how to pronounce all of her names visit her at