Cover Photo: An illustration of a human head speaking against a backdrop of clouds and stars
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

I Lost My Voice Before I Found It

Like so much in life, your voice works effortlessly—until, one day, it doesn’t.


These are the last days of what I’ve known as human talking.


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“This is a good thing,” she says, smiling, wrapping up. She expects I’ll heal completely within the year.

How the hell am I supposed to stop talking and keep working. I’m fucked.

What’s the point of stopping now,”


Jennifer Romolini is an editor and writer living in Los Angeles. Her next book is about the connection between trauma and ambition.