Cover Photo: A boy, a different boy's shadow, and a small dog atop a pile of trash in a small sea of stomach acid, looking up toward the opening and the light.
Illustration by Christina Chung for Catapult


Some just want a lick of fame, prostrate at my feet with their sweaty headshots, as if I am the one to save them.

Lauren Friedlander is a writer from Kansas living in Brooklyn. A recipient of the 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, she has fiction published or forthcoming in The Rumpus, Washington Square Review, Slice, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a novel.