Cover Photo: This illustration shows two young women running and dancing down a city sidewalk. Cars are driving past them and all the light sources are blurry and bleeding, as if we are looking at the scene through a window streaked with rain. The girls' shadows on the building next to them have wolf heads.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

City Wolf

The werewolf has been scheduling men from the app back-to-back every night—even on the days leading up to the full moon, though she knows she shouldn’t.

A man was playing guitar in the park. The sky was purple when I walked home from the restaurant.

A little boy at my table was cryingbut I brought him scrambled eggs and he stopped.

Abigail Oswald is a writer whose work predominantly examines themes of celebrity, crime, and girlhood. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Wigleaf, Matchbook, Fractured Lit, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, DIAGRAM, and Split Lip, and her short fiction was selected for Best Microfiction 2021. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and currently resides in Connecticut. Find her online at