Cover Photo: An illustration of a cityscape, borrowing elements of both Miami and Havana
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Seeing Cuba from a Parking Lot in Miami

I used to think Miami was a kind of carbon copy of Havana. But I was wrong. We are not a copy, but a conversation.

How beautiful Havana is




Marques de Comillas

Marques de Comillas


Vanessa Garcia is a multidisciplinary writer who has written for Sesame Street and Caillou, among other shows. Her debut novel, White Light, was named one of the Best Books of 2015 by NPR, and won an International Latino Book Award. Her plays, most recently The Amparo Experience, have been produced around the world. She co-hosts a podcast with her mother and sister, called Never the Empty Nest. Her pieces have appeared in The LA Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, National Review, ESPN, among others. She holds a PhD from the University of California Irvine.