Cover Photo: Illustration by Anja Slibar for Catapult
Illustration by Anja Slibar for Catapult

Facing Loneliness in a Wyoming Ghost Town

The little prince asks the snake, “Where are the people? It’s a little lonely in the desert.” To which the snake responds, “It is lonely when you’re among people, too.”

Photograph courtesy of Jenny Tinghui Zhang

The Little Prince

Photograph courtesy of Jenny Tinghui Zhang

call me on CB radio

push to talk

let go to listen

Photograph courtesy of Jenny Tinghui Zhang


Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer and educator. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wyoming and a 2016 VONA/Voices fellow. Her work has appeared in/is forthcoming from Apogee, CALYX, and The Rumpus, with essays in Huffington Post, Bustle, and HelloGiggles, among others. Her story “Curiosities” was shortlisted in Cosmonauts Avenue’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest judged by Ocean Vuong. She serves on the editorial staff of Adroit Journal and is finishing a collection of linked stories about a Chinese-American family. Find her at jennytinghui.com / @pantaloonies