Cover Photo: Illustration by Isabelle Laureta for Catapult
What I Learned from ‘La Papessa,’ the Woman Who Ran the Vatican

Many of us don’t get the chance for revenge, justice, or even goddamn peace. Olimpia managed to succeed, throughout her entire life, where men wanted to see her fail.

Nov 14, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Levi Hastings for Catapult / Gaumont
“The Fifth Element” Was Made For Straight Boys—The Gay Ones Made It For Themselves

My family enjoyed “The Fifth Element” without seeing how queer it was. Did that mean they could not see how queer I was?

Nov 13, 2018
Cover Photo: Cover art by Nicole Caputo
A Conversation with Marina Benjamin, Author of Insomnia

“I wanted the book to celebrate what it means to live your life fully and startlingly awake.”

Nov 13, 2018
Cover Photo: photo of the author by Kristen Park
Hiking Toward Koreanness: An Adoptee Returns to Her Motherland
Adoption is one of those forks in the road where many of us try to glimpse through the trees to the other path, the other world.
Aug 01, 2018
Cover Photo: Paper lanterns at Cheongpyeongsa, a Buddhist temple in Gangwon Province, Korea / photo by Spencer Lee Lenfield, 2017
Korean as a Second Language
I never would have come to Korean if not for my adoption. The language pulled me back to it, despite the decades, cultures, and continents between us.
Apr 23, 2018
Cover Photo: photo courtesy of the author
Thirty Years After My Adoption, I Found Out I Wasn’t a US Citizen
“I hated when attention was brought to my adoptee status. I was American, and that was all I wanted to be.”
Oct 23, 2017
Cover Photo: Photograph by Peter Gasston/Flickr
Why Canterbury Tales Is the Ultimate Road Trip Story
How do we pass the time while traveling from Point A to Point B? What stories do we tell one another, and how do those stories connect?
Oct 30, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Shing Yin Khor for Catapult
Why You Should Be Watching Maangchi, the Korean Cooking YouTube Star
I used to imagine having a Korean mother, someone rich in stories and jokes about Korean food and culture. My Korean mom would, ideally, be Maangchi.
Oct 29, 2018
Cover Photo: Illustration by Levi Hastings for Catapult / Disney
How Disney’s Animated Movies Awakened My Queer Imagination
Animation can teach a kid a lot about themselves and the world around them. Disney movies taught me about my queer desires.
Oct 23, 2018
Cover Photo: Art by Isabelle Laureta for Catapult
North to the Future
If you’re having a good time it usually means you’re having a bad time, I think. So the opposite has got to be true also.
Nov 09, 2018
Cover Photo: Photograph by Frame Harirak/Unsplash
The Evacuation
Look at the ocean, they say. Every road will flood. You will be trapped. Your house will be destroyed. Look at it swell. I’m staying, I say.
Oct 26, 2018
Cover Photo: Photograph by Marissa Harris/Unsplash
Scorching, Smokeless Fire
Everything started when we were thirteen—young and learning to love the womanhood that our mothers forced upon us.
Oct 19, 2018