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Catapult Catapult publishes books, produces a daily web magazine, offers writing classes, and hosts an open online writing platform.

Catapult publishes books, produces a daily web magazine, offers writing classes, and hosts an open online writing community. From the founders of Electric Literature and Black Balloon Publishing. Catapult is headquartered in New York, NY, with a second office in Portland, OR. Have a question? Shoot us an email at [email protected] Catapult welcomes your comments and encourages you to engage in a dialogue on our page. We do reserve the right to remove comments that are abusive.

Mission: We publish fiction and narrative nonfiction stories that are alive, illuminating, stirring, and surprising. We promote diverse, unique voices—both emerging and established—from all walks of life. We produce longform, print books, ebooks, web originals, workshops, classes, live events, and digital projects. We foster writers, artists, creators, and makers. We host a community for the emerging storytellers of all kinds. We advocate for the rights of creative workers.

"Lizzo had given herself permission to ask men what their problem was—to demand more from them—while I couldn’t bring my...
02/07/2020
After Divorce at Twenty-Four, Lizzo Taught Me to Love Myself Again | Arriel Vinson

"Lizzo had given herself permission to ask men what their problem was—to demand more from them—while I couldn’t bring myself to answer my own husband’s phone calls." Arriel Vinson on self-love, bad bitchness, and divorce

"Juice" had the type of lyrics that forced me out of my solitude, whether I wanted to be out of it or not.

"Such news led, finally, to a straightforward decision: We would not be bringing kids into the world. How could we?" Thi...
02/07/2020
‘Star Trek’ Failed to Reckon with Our Greatest Threat: Climate Change | Amy Brady

"Such news led, finally, to a straightforward decision: We would not be bringing kids into the world. How could we?" This is Amy Brady's second installment of her column, In This Climate. Read this essay on Star Trek, climate change, and legacies.

Humanity appears to have succeeded at solving the climate crisis and eliminating capitalism. But how? And at what cost?

"When I was younger, I used to feel like something of a religious tourist." Kim O'Connell on what she found and what she...
02/06/2020
Seeking Sacred Spaces in Vietnamese New Orleans | Kim O'Connell

"When I was younger, I used to feel like something of a religious tourist." Kim O'Connell on what she found and what she remembered when she traveled to Vietnamese New Orleans.

Here, Vietnamese people hold the distinction of having been refugees twice over—first from Vietnam, second from Hurricane Katrina.

Nothing beats seeing a photograph of your book in TIME , does it, Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary? TIME included A Map is...
02/06/2020

Nothing beats seeing a photograph of your book in TIME , does it, Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary? TIME included A Map is Only One Story, so grab your debit card, call out sick to work, and support some excellent literary talent: http://bit.ly/2vMlcmM

“This collection is a vital corrective to discussions of global migration that fail to acknowledge the humanity of migra...
02/06/2020

“This collection is a vital corrective to discussions of global migration that fail to acknowledge the humanity of migrants themselves.” —Publishers Weekly

bit.ly/CatapultAnthology

"Why are these videos relaxing, with no one’s cool palms on my cheeks or forehead, no tender squeeze where my neck meets...
02/06/2020
You're in Good Virtual Hands: On ASMR, Anxiety, Relaxation in the Side-Hustle Economy, and Being Baby | Sarah Lyn Rogers

"Why are these videos relaxing, with no one’s cool palms on my cheeks or forehead, no tender squeeze where my neck meets my shoulder? No actual fingers in my hair?" The first installment of Internet As Intimacy, a column from Sarah Lyn Rogers writes on ASMR, anxiety in the side-hustle economy, and Being Baby.

The first installment of Internet As Intimacy, a column from Sarah Lyn Rogers on ASMR, anxiety in the side-hustle economy, and Being Baby.

Wow, this is so unexpected. We didn't have time to prepare anything. Wait...what's this in our front breast pocket? Lite...
02/06/2020
If They Gave Oscars to Books, Our 2019 Nominees

Wow, this is so unexpected. We didn't have time to prepare anything. Wait...what's this in our front breast pocket? Literary Hub has released their annual Book Oscars list, which includes Rough Magic and Optic Nerve. Honestly, we're just happy to be nominated: http://bit.ly/2GZAPJR

The Academy Awards approach. And so, as we’ve done for the past three years, we have been preparing for the Fake Oscars by thinking about the Real Oscars: that’s right, the Book Oscars.…

"Lizzo spoke to something we both understood: Heartbreak meant peeling yourself off the ground, even just moments after ...
02/06/2020
After Divorce at Twenty-Four, Lizzo Taught Me to Love Myself Again | Arriel Vinson

"Lizzo spoke to something we both understood: Heartbreak meant peeling yourself off the ground, even just moments after falling to it, and reminding yourself of who you were in the first place." Arriel Vinson on self-love, bad bitchness, and divorce

"Juice" had the type of lyrics that forced me out of my solitude, whether I wanted to be out of it or not.

"Earth’s climate was still stable when my dad was watching [Star Trek: The Original Series] for the first time. Things w...
02/06/2020
‘Star Trek’ Failed to Reckon with Our Greatest Threat: Climate Change | Amy Brady

"Earth’s climate was still stable when my dad was watching [Star Trek: The Original Series] for the first time. Things went haywire in a single generation." This is Amy Brady's second installment of her column, In This Climate. Read this essay on Star Trek, climate change, and legacies.

Humanity appears to have succeeded at solving the climate crisis and eliminating capitalism. But how? And at what cost?

A new installment of An Unquiet Mind by s.e. smith, on growing up with dyscalculia and how the label of 'gifted kid' hin...
02/06/2020
Why the Label of ‘Gifted Kid’ Isn’t Always a Gift | s.e. smith

A new installment of An Unquiet Mind by s.e. smith, on growing up with dyscalculia and how the label of 'gifted kid' hindered getting help for their struggle with math.

A new installment of An Unquiet Mind by s.e. smith, on growing up with dyscalculia and how the label of 'gifted kid' hindered getting help for...

🌳Cover Reveal! 🌳Introducing Two Trees Make a Forest: Travels Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts in Search of My Family’...
02/06/2020

🌳Cover Reveal! 🌳Introducing Two Trees Make a Forest: Travels Among Taiwan’s Mountains and Coasts in Search of My Family’s Past by Jessica J. Lee. Featuring illustration and design by Harriet Lee Merrion.

An exhilarating, anti-colonial reclamation of nature writing and memoir, rooted in the forests and flatlands of Taiwan, perfect for fans of Margaret Renkl's Late Migrations and William Finnegan's Barbarian Days.

“This is a beautiful book about the distance between people and between places, and the means of their bridging.” —Robert Macfarlane, author of Underland

“Two Trees Make a Forest is glorious and extraordinary—in its language, in its setting, in its story. Jessica J. Lee has a brilliant eye for nature, an ear for languages, and a sensitivity to the poetry of the human heart. In these pages, she performs a subtle miracle: she retrieves lost strands of family, landscape, and history and weaves them together to create a surprising and soulful whole.” —Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus, finalist for the National Book Award

“I want to go to Taiwan to experience the woodlands, the wetlands, the highlands, the lowlands, and the creatures in, above, and underneath, as Jessica J. Lee does with all her senses, including that sense too many of us ignore, the inner self. Then again, she has taken me there with this splendid book.”
—Jack E. Davis, author of 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner The Gulf

TWO TREES MAKE A FOREST goes on sale August 4, 2020, and is available for preorder now! Learn more at bit.ly/TwoTreesForest. #twotreesmakeaforest

"When you’ve spent your whole life constantly being told you’re good at things, being bad at things becomes all-consumin...
02/06/2020
Why the Label of ‘Gifted Kid’ Isn’t Always a Gift | s.e. smith

"When you’ve spent your whole life constantly being told you’re good at things, being bad at things becomes all-consuming." A new installment of An Unquiet Mind by s.e. smith, on growing up with dyscalculia and how the label of 'gifted kid' hindered getting help for their struggle with math.

A new installment of An Unquiet Mind by s.e. smith, on growing up with dyscalculia and how the label of 'gifted kid' hindered getting help for...

"This is what we city-dwelling Americans believe the country is: a mythical land ungoverned by the despotic rule of spac...
02/05/2020
Catapult | The Pioneer Woman and the Fairy Tale of Country Cooking | Rax King

"This is what we city-dwelling Americans believe the country is: a mythical land ungoverned by the despotic rule of space-time. But that’s a fantasy of wealth, not of the countryside" Rax King on drop biscuits, country cooking, and class divide.

An all-new installment of Store-Bought Is Fine by Rax King, on The Pioneer Woman, country cuisine, and what gets to be seen as good "home cooking".

"I caught a whiff of myself and another, more whole, more alive self, turning a corner, shaken from my wrist like a shad...
02/05/2020
In Discovering Perfume, I Discovered Who I Am | Mishka Hoosen

"I caught a whiff of myself and another, more whole, more alive self, turning a corner, shaken from my wrist like a shadow." Mishka Hoosen on navigating his gender identity through the fragrances he wears.

Before I transitioned, perfume was the only thing I felt safe to experiment with. It worked in the realm of the invisible, the as-yet-unsayable.

✨Cover Reveal! ✨ Introducing BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2020: THE PEN AMERICA DAU PRIZE, the fourth installment of our ann...
02/05/2020

✨Cover Reveal! ✨ Introducing BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2020: THE PEN AMERICA DAU PRIZE, the fourth installment of our annual anthology with @pen_america. Featuring cover design by Strick and Williams and art direction by Nicole Caputo.

The stories collected here represent the most recent winners of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, which recognizes twelve writers who have made outstanding debuts in literary magazines in the previous year. They are chosen by a panel of distinguished judges, themselves innovators of the short story form: Tracy O’Neill (@tracysoneill), Nafissa Thompson-Spires (@nafissa.thompson.spires), and Deb Olin Unferth (@debolinunferth). Each piece comes with an introduction by its original editors, whose commentaries provide valuable insight into what magazines are looking for in their submissions, and showcase the vital work they do to nurture literature’s newest voices.

Each piece comes with an introduction by its original editors, explaining why they were moved to publish it. The commentaries provide valuable insight into what editors are looking for when they read submissions, and showcase the vital work they do to nurture literature’s newest voices.

BEST DEBUT SHORT STORIES 2020: THE PEN AMERICA DAU PRIZE goes on sale this August, and you can pre-order your copy today! Click through the product to learn more. #bestdebutshortstories

A new installment of An Unquiet Mind by s.e. smith, on growing up with dyscalculia and how the label of 'gifted kid' hin...
02/05/2020
Why the Label of ‘Gifted Kid’ Isn’t Always a Gift | s.e. smith

A new installment of An Unquiet Mind by s.e. smith, on growing up with dyscalculia and how the label of 'gifted kid' hindered getting help for their struggle with math.

A new installment of An Unquiet Mind by s.e. smith, on growing up with dyscalculia and how the label of 'gifted kid' hindered getting help for...

Naima Coster on her debut novel HALSEY STREET, the whiteness of publishing, and being edited by Morgan Parker: http://ow...
02/05/2020
My Editor Was Black | Naima Coster

Naima Coster on her debut novel HALSEY STREET, the whiteness of publishing, and being edited by Morgan Parker: http://ow.ly/gYEp50yc2ZQ

Debut author Naima Coster on working with Morgan Parker, the whiteness of publishing, and literary self-determination.

"Sometimes being a stepparent still feels like standing next to a fire I can see but whose warmth I can’t quite feel."An...
02/04/2020
My Journey from “Spare Parent” to Stepparent | Mo Perry

"Sometimes being a stepparent still feels like standing next to a fire I can see but whose warmth I can’t quite feel."An essay on how Mo Perry learned to stop worrying and love being a stepmom.

If there was one thing I was clearly not cut out for, it was being a stepmom.

"People are not aware of how much diversity there is within the Black female experience. We haven’t written enough books...
02/04/2020
The Novel ‘Black Sunday’ Bravely Takes on Parental Abandonment

"People are not aware of how much diversity there is within the Black female experience. We haven’t written enough books about who we are." Black Sunday author Tola Rotimi Abraham sits down for an interview with writer Nneka M. Okona for Zora Magazine on Medium : http://bit.ly/2OHyd7V

In a ZORA exclusive with the author, we explore power, sex, and religion against the backdrop of Lagos

"Racial equity requires ongoing, daily practice and commitment from all employees, especially those at the top." Nadia O...
02/04/2020
Hiring a Chief Diversity Officer Won’t Fix Your Racist Company Culture | Nadia Owusu

"Racial equity requires ongoing, daily practice and commitment from all employees, especially those at the top." Nadia Owusu on the experiences of Chief Diversity Officers, and how there is no quick fix for a company's institutional racism.

Chief Diversity Officers are often brought in to respond to an existing problem, clean up an organization’s image, or publicly signal a commitment...

Happy pub day to Tola Rotimi Abraham! Her stunning debut novel BLACK SUNDAY is in stores and libraries today!🤲🏾 “Stunnin...
02/04/2020

Happy pub day to Tola Rotimi Abraham! Her stunning debut novel BLACK SUNDAY is in stores and libraries today!

🤲🏾 “Stunning beauty and painful wisdom … as haunting as it is addictive." —Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of The Revisioners

Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike enjoy a relatively comfortable life in Lagos in 1996 until their mother loses her job due to political strife, and the family, facing poverty, becomes drawn into the New Church, an institution led by a charismatic pastor who is not shy about worshipping earthly wealth.

Soon Bibike and Ariyike’s father wagers the family home on a “sure bet” that evaporates like smoke. As their parents’ marriage collapses each girl is left to locate, guard, and hone her own fragile source of power.

This book is a must read!

bit.ly/blacksundaybook

"When I was younger, I used to feel like something of a religious tourist." Kim O'Connell's second installment of her co...
02/04/2020
Seeking Sacred Spaces in Vietnamese New Orleans | Kim O'Connell

"When I was younger, I used to feel like something of a religious tourist." Kim O'Connell's second installment of her column Finding Little Saigon on finding meaning through different religious practices.

Here, Vietnamese people hold the distinction of having been refugees twice over—first from Vietnam, second from Hurricane Katrina.

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