Cover Photo: An illustration of two men—one white, one Mexican—observing a larger-than-human medallion with the image of a grandmother as the Mother Cabrini in a gallery of Mesoamerican artifacts
The Moon’s Navel

“You’re Mexican!” he said a little too enthusiastically, like I was just what he’d been looking for. I worried that he was going to put me in his museum or something.

Nov 08, 2019
Cover Photo: An image of a person in a sweater over a gingham button-down shirt, holding their head in frustration, long blond hair between their fingers.
How Transition Changed My Rigid Expectations of Masculinity

Obtaining a perfect grasp of masculinity was not my goal when I decided to transition, but I certainly did feel the pressure to try.

Nov 07, 2019
Cover Photo: Hands chopping scallions surrounded by various Korean  ingredients such as garlic, soy sauce, rice, among other Korean sample ingredients.
Banchan, the Only Food I Like to Share

“You can tell a lot about a Korean restaurant based on the banchan it offers.”

Nov 06, 2019

Celebrating one year of Catapult Artists

Cover Photo: A collage of photos of the author smiling in a beekeeper suit with hundreds of live bees in her open palms
What I Learned from the Master Beekeeper
He prefaces all his beekeeping sessions with a proposal to examine hives without gloves. It teaches a beekeeper to be more gentle. It’s easier to be gentle without gloves.
Oct 29, 2019
Cover Photo: An illustration of a young man watching a film in the movie theater; the screen is framed by rainbow curtains; projected onto the screen is a still from the Tom Hanks film 'The Burbs
When You Hate the Movie Your Lover Loves: On Tom Hanks in ‘The ’Burbs’
It’s easy to think—as Ray does in ‘The ’Burbs’—that you can know a lot about a person from what they value.
Oct 28, 2019
Cover Photo: photo from the Himalayas
Mountains, Monasteries, and Myths: What I Discovered While Living in My Darjeeling Family Home
After a youth spent trying to ignore my Asian heritage, I came looking for it. My journey turned out to be the beginning of an excavation that continues to this day.
Oct 28, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
The Whales
The whales would sing because they were alone, but with each other, their song a reminder that loss and exile are linked.
Nov 01, 2019
Cover Photo: Color pencil drawing of a little girl getting her face painted at a party by a face painter and looking into a mirror, scared of her reflection and crying.
Year of the Pony
I can’t stop seeing the brush in her hand as a scalpel, her countless bracelets jangling as she prepares to make the next cut.
Oct 25, 2019
Cover Photo: illustration of hand, game die and tokens from the fictional game featured in this story; tokens include an eagle, Appaloosa horses, a cowboy hat, diggin' stick, and moccasin
wIndin!—the exhilarating game of kinship, chance & economic redistribution
The winner must avoid having part or all of his or her assets taken into trust by the federal government.
Oct 22, 2019