Cover Photo: This illustration shows three people sitting together in close intimacy, their arms around each other, faces turned toward each other as if talking and listening. The illustration is done with bright streaks of color blocking.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Poly Throuple Technology

What we liked most of all was each other. All three of us, the glorious fabric of the relationship, the family we made of ourselves—but we were losing the exhilaration we’d once felt, the wild emotional loops of our shared-identity roller coaster.

Lord of the Rings

Battlestar Galactica

were Why do the two of hang around with the likes of ?

Game of Thrones

Portal

weI

youyou

I may have a baby, but you—you have me

My God. This isn’t a new concept. Things have been this way for her the whole time

real

How dare they do this for me

weother

Nat Mesnard is a writer and game designer based in NYC, where they teach Narrative Design at Pratt Institute and co-host the podcast Queers at the End of the World. They did their MFA in Fiction and taught at the University of Illinois, and have published work in Bodega, Blackbird, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. New work includes poetry in WE WANT IT ALL, an anthology of radical trans poetics, and a tabletop roleplaying game, BUSINESS WIZARDS. Nat has taught at the Hudson Valley Writers Center and with the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop.