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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.

"You are not my Mom, I would say, already somehow understanding that one day she wouldn’t be—that one day no one wou...
06/04/2019
Catapult | How the Grateful Dead Helped Me Embrace Mortality | Angela Brussel

"You are not my Mom, I would say, already somehow understanding that one day she wouldn’t be—that one day no one would be anything. "

Angela Brussel on how the Grateful Dead helped her cope with her fear of mortality:

Angela Brussel on how listening to the Grateful Dead as an adult helped her cope with the thanatophobia, or death anxiety, she had faced since she...

"It felt as though I had been evicted from my own body, and it had been trashed in my absence. My resentment was as prec...
06/04/2019
Catapult | On Violations, Macarons, and the Pursuit of Beauty I Can Control

"It felt as though I had been evicted from my own body, and it had been trashed in my absence. My resentment was as precise as any recipe."

Maggie Tokuda-Hall on sexual assault, abusive infertility treatments, and baking macarons:

Macarons are delicate and lovely. I can take the care with them that was not taken with my body.

"Fortunately, the recession did not affect the prices of alcohol in the way that the price of shaving cream and school f...
06/04/2019
In Nigeria, Burning is Starting to Feel Like Normal | Fareeda Abdulkareem

"Fortunately, the recession did not affect the prices of alcohol in the way that the price of shaving cream and school fees had nearly tripled."

Alithnayn Abdulkareem on leaning into pleasure as the world around us changes:

Fortunately, the recession did not affect the prices of alcohol in the way that the price of shaving cream and school fees had nearly tripled.

"We were experiencing record poverty in tandem with record heat waves. Yet, the party continued. We lived in Nigeria, af...
06/04/2019
In Nigeria, Burning is Starting to Feel Like Normal | Fareeda Abdulkareem

"We were experiencing record poverty in tandem with record heat waves. Yet, the party continued. We lived in Nigeria, after all. What else was there to do?"

Fareeda Abdulkareem in a brilliant essay on leaning into pleasure as the world around us changes: http://ow.ly/oAdp50uwhHD

Fortunately, the recession did not affect the prices of alcohol in the way that the price of shaving cream and school fees had nearly tripled.

"When did I start to feel the need to feel pain when I eat, to push my tolerance ever higher?"For Bad Kimchi, Noah Cho o...
06/04/2019
Catapult | Burning Your Mouth to Spite Your Heart | Noah Cho

"When did I start to feel the need to feel pain when I eat, to push my tolerance ever higher?"

For Bad Kimchi, Noah Cho on using food to test your own tolerance:

When did I start to feel the need to feel pain when I eat, to push my tolerance ever higher?

"What are savings for if you can’t get yourself an occasional creature?" The story of Ducky, the green-cheeked conure,...
06/03/2019
You and Me, Bird | Laurel Shimasaki

"What are savings for if you can’t get yourself an occasional creature?"

The story of Ducky, the green-cheeked conure, and the woman who loves him by Laurel Shimasaki: http://ow.ly/9WCV50ugdZG

Your near-life experiences have coalesced in this momentary identity. You are a woman speeding along I-10 with a caged green-cheeked conure...

"Fifteen-year-old me wouldn’t have understood the reason for the heart pounding, but maybe...would have looked at her ...
06/03/2019
Falling in Love and (Finally) Finding Queer Representation on a Telenovela | Yuly Restrepo Garcés

"Fifteen-year-old me wouldn’t have understood the reason for the heart pounding, but maybe...would have looked at her new school friend and something would have fallen into place."

Yuly Restrepo Garcés on Juliantina, telenovelas and queer representation: https://catapult.co/stories/juliana-and-valentina-on-amar-a-muerte-telenovela-love-queer-representation-yuly-restrepo-garces

I know that their lips are touching, and that this is the first time it’s ever happened on a free-to-air telenovela.

In search of your next great read? Mackenzie Dawson of the New York Post features FLOYD HARBOR by Joel Mowdy as 1 of the...
06/03/2019
The best books of the week

In search of your next great read? Mackenzie Dawson of the New York Post features FLOYD HARBOR by Joel Mowdy as 1 of the best books of the week!

One Lucky Fan Rich O’Malley (travel, Post Hill Press) Rich O’Malley had a goal: He wanted to see a home game for all 123 teams in the four major US pro sports leagues. This book — part travelogue, …

“The blind are either supernatural or subhuman, alien or animal. We are not only different but dangerous.”M. Leona G...
06/03/2019
Catapult | When People See Your Blindness as Superhuman, They Stop Seeing You as Human | M. Leona Godin

“The blind are either supernatural or subhuman, alien or animal. We are not only different but dangerous.”

M. Leona Godin on Super Blind heroes like Daredevil and the dichotomy of being seen as superhuman and not human enough to live an independent life:

M. Leona Godin on Daredevil, Star Wars, and how Super Blind characters in pop culture perpetuate the misconception that blind people have super...

Have you seen this wonderful starred review of THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE from Kirkus Reviews yet?!"With inventive, powerful...
06/03/2019
THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE by Dina Nayeri | Kirkus Reviews

Have you seen this wonderful starred review of THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE from Kirkus Reviews yet?!
"With inventive, powerful prose, Dina Nayeri (page) demonstrates what should be obvious: that refugees give up everything in their native lands only when absolutely necessary—if they remain, they may face poverty, physical torture, or even death. . . . A unique, deeply thought-out refugee saga perfect for our moment."

A novelist turns to nonfiction to illuminate the refugee experience, focusing mostly on her Iranian family but also reporting the sagas of many others fleeing poverty and violence.

💫Cover reveal time!💫A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY: TWENTY WRITERS ON IMMIGRATION, FAMILY, AND THE MEANING OF HOME, edite...
06/03/2019

💫Cover reveal time!💫
A MAP IS ONLY ONE STORY: TWENTY WRITERS ON IMMIGRATION, FAMILY, AND THE MEANING OF HOME, edited by Nicole Chung and Mensah Demary, with cover design and illustration by Nicole Caputo Duthie.

In stores Feb. 2020!

We're excited to introduce the first published anthology of writing from our own Catapult magazine!

Twenty writers share stories of migration, family, the search for home and belonging, and what it means to exist between languages and cultures.

You can preorder your copy now—preferably from you local indie bookseller!—and support this great community of writers you've all helped to build.
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A great review of this slim, powerful book.
06/03/2019
PANK Magazine

A great review of this slim, powerful book.

"this book cements Jones as a master of the short book and a leading voice in terms of maximum impact packed into extreme economy of language. If you’re a fan of great writing, don’t skip this one." today on the blog, Gabino Iglesias reviews Cynan Jones's COVE Catapult https://pankmagazine.com/2019/05/19/review-cove-cynan-jones/

I need something that is going to tingle, tell me the food is alive. Because I want to be alive, too."For Bad Kimchi, No...
06/03/2019
Catapult | Burning Your Mouth to Spite Your Heart | Noah Cho

I need something that is going to tingle, tell me the food is alive. Because I want to be alive, too."

For Bad Kimchi, Noah Cho on using food to test your own limits:

When did I start to feel the need to feel pain when I eat, to push my tolerance ever higher?

By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was ...
06/02/2019
Stirring Ideas to Life: Sirin Thada, Catapult Artist for May | Catapult

By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was finally honoring a part of me that had been there all along.”

A magnificent conversation between Nicole Caputo Design and Sirin:

By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was finally honoring a part of me...

"Who is there? I called when a spell of quiet passed, though I already had my guess, an automated sighting notice having...
06/02/2019
Harmless Are the Harvestmen We Don’t Let In | Scott Broker

"Who is there? I called when a spell of quiet passed, though I already had my guess, an automated sighting notice having gone out last week."

Eerie and wonderful short fiction from Scott Broker:

As they moved, the singed smell of the neighborhood fell from their cloaks.

“I loved not being dead when I was a kid.”A gorgeous comic from Sara Lautman  about what haunted Maurice Sendak, who...
06/01/2019
What Haunted Maurice Sendak? | A Comic by Sara Lautman

“I loved not being dead when I was a kid.”

A gorgeous comic from Sara Lautman about what haunted Maurice Sendak, who captured the imaginations of children all over the world, as a small boy:

“I loved not being dead when I was a kid.”

Start your weekend right and with your heart full with this short story from Daniel Gene . It's got everything:A couple ...
06/01/2019
Gordo and Mayra’s First Night in America | Dan Hernandez

Start your weekend right and with your heart full with this short story from Daniel Gene . It's got everything:
A couple seeking shelter.
A brand new Transformer just like the one you wanted as a kid.
Hope.

As fear of ICE looms, immigrant parents and their baby spend a cold night in New York.

"Nayeri robustly challenges the perceived obligation on the displaced person to revoke or tone down their former identit...
05/31/2019
The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri — a place to call home

"Nayeri robustly challenges the perceived obligation on the displaced person to revoke or tone down their former identity; to assimilate, to be a 'good investment' for any country that has admitted them."

A great look at the UK edition of Dina Nayeri's THE UNGRATEFUL REFUGEE in the Financial Times!

The novelist’s first work of non-fiction examines what it means to be a refugee

"I went because I knew enough to hold that time for when I’d want it again... I refused to forget, to let my family fo...
05/31/2019
How To Finish | Lynn Steger Strong | Catapult Community

"I went because I knew enough to hold that time for when I’d want it again... I refused to forget, to let my family forget, that this is part of who I am."

Lynn Steger Strong three ways of thinking that might help you get the damned novel done:

Check out our novel generator instructor's three ways of thinking that might help you get the damned novel done.

"Who is there? I called when a spell of quiet passed, though I already had my guess, an automated sighting notice having...
05/31/2019
Harmless Are the Harvestmen We Don’t Let In | Scott Broker

"Who is there? I called when a spell of quiet passed, though I already had my guess, an automated sighting notice having gone out last week."

Eerie and wonderful Friday fiction from Scott Broker:

As they moved, the singed smell of the neighborhood fell from their cloaks.

By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was ...
05/31/2019
Stirring Ideas to Life: Sirin Thada, Catapult Artist for May | Catapult

By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was finally honoring a part of me that had been there all along.”

A magnificent conversation between Nicole Caputo Design and Sirin Thada: http://ow.ly/G2VZ50utKeP

By leaving her job as a lawyer and taking a leap of faith to become a full-time illustrator, Sirin Thada says, “I was finally honoring a part of me...

Electric Literature
05/31/2019
Electric Literature

Electric Literature

Learn to use your imagination and free up your creativity in your nonfiction writing in our partner Catapult’s workshop! Only 3 spots left. Grab yours now!

“I found myself trying to learn more about cooking, and dwelling on these parts of Korean culture, as a way to reconne...
05/31/2019
Catapult | Japanese Breakfast, a.k.a. Michelle Zauner, Talks with Noah Cho About Food, Family, and Grief

“I found myself trying to learn more about cooking, and dwelling on these parts of Korean culture, as a way to reconnect with my identity and also the memory of my mom.”

Japanese Breakfast (a.k.a. Michelle Zauner) talks with Noah Cho about family, food, grief, and identity:

Michelle Zauner (Japanese Breakfast) and Noah Cho discuss food as culture, grieving for a parent, and multiracial Korean identity.

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"The world was spinning and I needed to white-knuckle to keep up, or fall off the ride forever." Angela Chen on the tens...
05/30/2019
On Being Young, Scrappy, and (Sometimes) Satisfied | Angela Chen

"The world was spinning and I needed to white-knuckle to keep up, or fall off the ride forever."

Angela Chen on the tension between seeking the new and exciting and enjoying the already great, and how she learned she doesn't have to choose:

Remain constantly hungry, or enjoy the tried-and-true? Sometimes, I learned, it’s okay to double down on the life you have.

"How can I say that I fear I’ll never date again without feeding the monster? No one owes me their touch; I am starvin...
05/30/2019
Catapult | Skin Hunger and the Taboo of Wanting to be Touched

"How can I say that I fear I’ll never date again without feeding the monster? No one owes me their touch; I am starving for it just the same."

s.e. smith on the human need for touch, the taboo of expressing that need, and how it effects disabled communities:

s.e. smith on skin hunger, the human need to feel physical contact, and the taboo of seeking that intimacy, especially for people with disabilities.

"There’s something about knowing this, knowing that my body can withstand whatever this town tries to throw at it, tha...
05/30/2019

"There’s something about knowing this, knowing that my body can withstand whatever this town tries to throw at it, that empowers me beyond just skin."

—from "How My Korean Skincare Routine Protects Me in Wintery, White Wyoming" by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Illustration by May's Catapult artist, Sirin Thada

In this stellar Washington Post review of ROUGH MAGIC by Lara Prior-Palmer, Ellie Robins says, "This is no fresh-forged ...
05/30/2019
Review | At 19, on a whim, she entered the world’s most grueling horse race — and won

In this stellar Washington Post review of ROUGH MAGIC by Lara Prior-Palmer, Ellie Robins says, "This is no fresh-forged mythic hero, but rather a young woman who’s still doubting, still equivocating about her right to seek greatness . . . To her credit, the heroine of this story never claims to be flawless, nor even to be a heroine. Ultimately, the book lingers in the mind partly for its fearless prose and partly for its refusal to obey that tired old victorious arc of the journey narrative. Lara Prior-Palmer both embraces the race and disavows it. She pulls back to observe the minutiae of the moment, the marmot holes that riddle the steppe and the infinite, individual blades of grass that paint it green. She offers no easy morals on these dual modes of life and of narrative. . . . As Lara Prior-Palmer senses on her journey, reconciling the wisdom of the everyday with the instinct for timelessness and mythmaking is a life’s work—work to which “ROUGH MAGIC” is an engaging guide."

Lara Prior-Palmer surprised everyone, including herself. That’s what makes her memoir, “Rough Magic,” especially appealing.

"I take off the effects of the day, the echoes of wind, sleet, and snow. I pamper my skin, urge it to replenish and heal...
05/29/2019
How My Korean Skincare Routine Protects Me in Wintery, White Wyoming | Jenny Tinghui Zhang

"I take off the effects of the day, the echoes of wind, sleet, and snow. I pamper my skin, urge it to replenish and heal. I am asking myself to brave another day."

Jenny Tinghui Zhang on how her Korean skincare routine helps her brave every day in Wyoming:

I take off the effects of the day, the echoes of wind, sleet, and snow. I pamper my skin, urge it to replenish and heal. I am asking myself to...

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