Cover Photo: An illustration in dark blues, black, and yellow. A ballerina is shown onstage, progressing through a spin. The glitter on her black leotard looks like stars against the background.
Rolling Blackouts

Social Security sends us checks every month to say sorry about our mom. A thousand sorries for me and a thousand sorries for Vivian, and we accept them all.

Jan 15, 2021
Cover Photo: An image of the farm simulator video game Stardew Valley; a farmer is picking melons from their farm, surrounded by trees, animals, and produce
How to Live Under Capitalism, According to ‘Stardew Valley’

‘Stardew Valley’ doesn’t challenge capitalism by trying to escape from it, but by teaching a lesson on generosity.

Jan 14, 2021
Cover Photo: Illustration by Cori Lin for Catapult
The Three Corpses

From the beginning, I knew that terror is a god. But now, I also believe that what might sound like a death rattle is merely the echo of ancestral song.

Jan 13, 2021
Cover Photo: An image of a type writer and hands typing as hot pink flames are ablaze in the background
When There Is No Right Way to Heal
The details of those poems may be his first inkling that I know what he did.
Nov 12, 2020
Cover Photo: An image of a woman reading half of her face in a shadow as the light shines in through the window
Finding an “I” in Indian Literature
It turns out all I want to find in literature, whether I write or read it, is a little piece of myself.
Sep 17, 2020
Cover Photo: An illustration of two figures in a tender embrace, cuddled up on a couch
Writing Sex with Women, by Women, for Women
People have sex. Women have sex. It would feel irresponsible to censor or smooth over this part of their (and our) lives.
Sep 14, 2020
Cover Photo: In this photograph, we see a yellow U-Bahn train pulling into a Berlin platform. There are a few people standing on the warmly lit platform, but not many.
Stumbling Stones
As a queer descendant of Holocaust survivors, I knew my first time visiting Berlin—a hub of queer life and Holocaust memorials—would not be easy.
Jan 13, 2021
Cover Photo: Photograph by Nathan Dumlao/Unsplash
How Scent Returned My Life to Me
The raw stuff of life is only changed by the meanings we give it. Memory can be dissolved by scent, but also redeemed.
Jan 11, 2021
Cover Photo: A small girl with blonde hair and deep blue eyes frowning tearfully, as if angry or about to cry.
What My Mental Illness Taught Me About Self-Control
There are entire lines of therapy that basically boil down to “learn self-control so you never upset the sane.”
Jan 07, 2021
Cover Photo: illustration of a farmers market, with brightly colored tents in a line stretching into the distance; in the nearest tent, under a pink canvas, a woman in a blue shirt is selling microgreens to another woman in a black sunhat and long dress
Up and Out and Gone
They used to launch shuttles from the town, but that was all over now. Space had become derivative and unimportant and old.
Jan 08, 2021
Cover Photo: In this photograph, we see blue sky and white cottony clouds reflecting off a tall, glassy office building. The imagine is divided into a checkerboard because of the window frames.
Support Group
The blisters came two summers ago, after college. The biopsy came back inconclusive, so every month I go back to the office for a check-up.
Jan 08, 2021
Cover Photo: You see the back of a person in a vibrant yellow shirt sitting at one of many identical cubicles. They are surrounded by tall figures—silhouettes draped in shadow—who lean down and stroke their back. The perspective, elevated, suggests that you are one of these ominous figures.
Bring Your Lover to Work Day
We nibble at the sandwiches and make stilted conversation with one another’s better halves. The managers loom in the corner.
Dec 18, 2020