Cover Photo: An image of  artist Maryam Sefati  in a plaid shirt with a cactus behind her
“Don’t stop drawing”: Maryam Sefati, Catapult Artist for June 2020

“In illustration, we have to understand the writer's mind as much as we can to make the work.”

Jun 30, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of a Zoroastrian temple
Looking for My Ancient Religion in Uzbekistan

Still, I was in search of something more, something concrete, something material.

Jun 29, 2020
Cover Photo: This photograph shows a Black woman in a kitchen, chopping vegetables. The light is bright and sunny and the image is focused on her hands.
Do Not Marry a Politician and Other Kitchen Table Things

I've long been taught that the appearance of a good marriage, not a good marriage necessarily, is the ultimate goal.

Jun 29, 2020
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Mickey
I don’t think you thought you’d appear / in my poem but here you are
Jun 22, 2020
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
For My Friends, in Reply to a Question
I don’t know if I’ll ever go home again. I don’t know who I’ve seen for the last time.
Jun 22, 2020
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
Poetry and a Truth
Everybody read. I felt it. Poetry and honesty. Poetry and a clarity of feeling. I needed something so badly to be true.
Jun 22, 2020
Cover Photo: An illustrated park playground scene where the author is holding the hand of a young French girl
“Où est ma nounou?”: What It’s Like Nannying in Paris
His mother said to me, “French mothers can be wild. That one in particular is a monster.”
Jun 23, 2020
Cover Photo: Still from 'Daria'/MTV
To All the Messy Girls I’ve Loved Before
A white girl’s refusal to live by the dominant narrative gets to be glamorous, whereas I cannot imagine how a Black girl’s refusing the terms of society ever could be.
Jun 18, 2020
Cover Photo: A screenshot from Liziqi's YouTube video. On the table are purple potatoes, soy milk, steamed rice cakes, fruits, and flowers. An elderly Chinese woman sit as the  table  holding a spoon filled  with some soy milk.
What Soybeans Can Be
Soybeans were linked to life itself.
Jun 17, 2020
Cover Photo: An illustration of a little girl riding her bike in a suburb, a training wheel just fallen off, while her father tries to keep up. He is a shadow cracking open with light.
The Astronomers
One day, Brian would dissolve into the atmosphere and not come back. One day, this room, our home, our love, would no longer be able to contain him.
Jun 26, 2020
Cover Photo: A black and white photo of a young girl about ten yers old at a beach, t-shirt and shorts wet from the waves, about to walk into the water.
The Year It Poured
Houses were flooded, roofs were carried away in the wind...And a month before that, the condoms in my father’s wardrobe mysteriously disappeared.
Jun 12, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of a crowded event space with multiple people's hands up.
Your Book Reading
“Hello, [a mispronounced version of your name], pleased to meet you.”
Jun 05, 2020