Cover Photo: This photograph shows a lone woman standing at the base of a waterfall. Cliffs rise up around her and beams of sunlight cut through the mist rising from the water around her.
On Hiking Alone

Here is my official statement on why I do most things alone: I am a lone wolf. I am comfortable with myself. Here is another explanation: There is something about me that is fundamentally unlikeable.

May 24, 2022
Cover Photo: This is a black and white illustration of a moon rising over on an ocean horizon. In the sky are a set of eyes with long eyelashes. The moon is below eyes where a nose would be. There is test on the illustration that reads, "My Mother, My Ex, and Facial Feminization Surgery: A Comic by Zefyr Lisowski.
My Mother, My Ex, and Facial Feminization Surgery: A Comic

I believe so strongly in the beauty and autonomy of body transformation, but I’m worried that will erase the small visible echoes of my (and my mother’s) history of survival.

May 23, 2022
Cover Photo: A photograph of Liz Phair on the cover of one of her albums. She is sitting on the ground with a guitar propped up against her chest and her arms rapped around it. Her head is tilted to the side and her long blonde hair is falling across her face.
Liz Phair Showed Me the Kind of Woman I Wanted to Be

As I was learning to say with confidence that I was a woman, I struggled to understand what that meant to me.

May 23, 2022
Cover Photo: This image shows a grid of green lines and black squares being projected onto a person who is standing with their back up against a wall.  We can't see any details on their face--it's as if they are wearing a face covering. The green and the black grid covers everything and has an air of intrigue
Writing Social Media Into Fiction
Social media is often portrayed as the enemy of the writer—but like any good enemy, perhaps it’s best to keep it close. Don’t miss this craft essay by Isle McElroy for our Social Media Week series.
Apr 26, 2022
Cover Photo: This header image is the TikTok logo on a black background. Through the logo, we see the pages of books peeking through. Inspired by BookTok.
How BookTok Is Changing Publishing
For our Social Media Week series, Cecilia Beard explains how BookTok makes it possible for people outside the traditional delineation of the publishing industry to propel any book to success.
Apr 27, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of the author painting on different social media platforms as if they were canvases
TLDR; I Tweeted Myself Into a Career and Now I’m Stuck Online
As part of our Social Media Week series, Leah Johnson writes about using social media to connect with her readers and how she engages online as a recreation rather than an obligation.
Apr 27, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows an apartment complex detailed like you are looking at the backside of a dollhouse and cut out of black paper. We see various scenes going on in different rooms, but in particular one apartment shows people having sex, while the apartment below it is being banged and rattled around
Intellectual Property as a Result
recently I signed a contract / which stipulates anything / I conceive of as a result / of the job belongs to the job
Mar 29, 2022
Cover Photo: This photograph is a close up image of a shiny, orange clam, it's hinges open to the delicate sunshine that reflects off its shell and the wet sand beneath it.
Laying Down the Groundwork
When I got up before anyone else / I took the heavy clams from the fridge / and put them in a bowl of cool water.
Feb 25, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows two brown hands holding a collection of green gems--some are cut to look as if they are sparkling, others show old Spanish newspaper clippings. In the facets of one gem, we seem men holding up guns and pointing them toward the sky.
when his niece asks / tell me about Chía, the answer is always just: it’s a long story / but I think what you’re telling me, is that language is an inadequate grieving
Feb 16, 2022
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
You Told Me No One Wants to Hear This Story
I remember when they told us to get off the plane, though I have tried to forget it because you said it was not a story.
May 20, 2022
Cover Photo: An illustration of two women holding hands walking along a 3D crossword puzzle as if crossing a bridge
2-Down: ______ Stewart, queer actress you feel like you should be attracted to but aren’t.
May 13, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows a woman lying on the floor next to a dog. There are cardboard boxes scattered all around them. We are looking down at them from above, and there are bright spots shining above them as well, as if we are looking at them through a lightly starry sky.
A Dog Is Not the Answer
Alicia only meant to bring newfound meaning to her bedraggled life, hoping her memories and grief would be blunted by the comfort of another living creature.
May 06, 2022