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"Maybe these time-loop narratives remind me that I don’t have decades of do-overs and I can’t be so slow to improve." Ar...
03/08/2022
The Comfort of Time Loops in the Age of Climate Crisis | Aram Mrjoian

"Maybe these time-loop narratives remind me that I don’t have decades of do-overs and I can’t be so slow to improve." Aram Mrjoian on climate anxiety, time-loop narratives, and a sustainable future:

Unlike these stories, we don’t have decades of do-overs—especially on the West Coast, where the droughts are real and the big earthquake could shake things loose anytime.

"Those who are writing in their Indigenous languages and providing translations are leaders of Indigenous poetry." Don't...
03/07/2022
Chelsea T. Hicks Wants More Indigenous Poets to Write from Their Own Languages | Gabrielle Bellot

"Those who are writing in their Indigenous languages and providing translations are leaders of Indigenous poetry." Don't miss this interview of Chelsea T. Hicks from Catapult’s Head Instructor, Gabrielle Bellot!

In this interview, Catapult’s Head Instructor, Gabrielle Bellot, talks with instructor Chelsea T. Hicks about Indigenous poetry, colonialism, languages, the process of “rematriation,” and more.

"Thirty years ago, I fell in love with a boy and a brownstone." An essay by Beth Boyle Machlan on desire, real estate, a...
03/07/2022
To All the Brooklyn Brownstones I've Loved Before | Beth Boyle Machlan

"Thirty years ago, I fell in love with a boy and a brownstone." An essay by Beth Boyle Machlan on desire, real estate, and coveting the Brooklyn brownstone:

The brownstone stood for everything I wanted: solidity and urbanity, possibility and permanence. But it wasn’t mine.

"Living in the comfortable illusions of a time loop meant I could defer my anxieties about our environmental future." Ar...
03/07/2022
The Comfort of Time Loops in the Age of Climate Crisis | Aram Mrjoian

"Living in the comfortable illusions of a time loop meant I could defer my anxieties about our environmental future." Aram Mrjoian on climate anxiety, time-loop narratives, and a sustainable future:

Unlike these stories, we don’t have decades of do-overs—especially on the West Coast, where the droughts are real and the big earthquake could shake things loose anytime.

"De Kretser, one of our most deeply intelligent writers, offers a book that is wry and heartbreaking, playful and profou...
03/05/2022
SCARY MONSTERS | Kirkus Reviews

"De Kretser, one of our most deeply intelligent writers, offers a book that is wry and heartbreaking, playful and profound."

⭐️ A starred Kirkus review for Michelle de Kretser's SCARY MONSTERS! ⭐️

A reversible novel tells the stories of two Asian immigrants to Australia, one 40 years in the past and one in the future.

In this short story by Brennan Kilbane, a reality TV star sits for a confessional with—not his priest—his producer: "Rem...
03/05/2022
Confessional | Brennan Kilbane

In this short story by Brennan Kilbane, a reality TV star sits for a confessional with—not his priest—his producer: "Remy was not Kurt’s friend or priest, but he did like him fine."

Kurt had costars—and many ex-costars—claim their producers were like their best friends, their handlers, their editors, their priests.

"I pound the s**t out of the mattress and scream and cry and throw pillows and after what feels like an hour I’ve cried ...
03/04/2022
Werewolf| Katherine Scott Nelson

"I pound the s**t out of the mattress and scream and cry and throw pillows and after what feels like an hour I’ve cried everything out, and I’m facedown on the bed, and my teeth hurt, and I feel like something has exploded out of me." A new short story by Katherine Scott Nelson

I run through all the breathing and grounding exercises I’ve learned from my friends at the survivors’ group.

"Let me open the way I do naturally." New poetry from Hedgie Choi. Read and listen to it here:
03/04/2022
Laying Down the Groundwork | Hedgie Choi

"Let me open the way I do naturally." New poetry from Hedgie Choi. Read and listen to it here:

When I got up before anyone else / I took the heavy clams from the fridge / and put them in a bowl of cool water.

In this short story by Brennan Kilbane, a reality TV star sits for a confessional with—not his priest—his producer: “If ...
03/04/2022
Confessional | Brennan Kilbane

In this short story by Brennan Kilbane, a reality TV star sits for a confessional with—not his priest—his producer: “If the party is a bust, it really hurts nobody but your daughter. And that’s why we’re all here anyway, right?”

Kurt had costars—and many ex-costars—claim their producers were like their best friends, their handlers, their editors, their priests.

"It bothers me to realize that coffee is not rooted in our people’s ancient traditions, but rather in our people’s recen...
03/04/2022
South Indian Filter Coffee Tastes Like Home and Empire | Thulasi Seshan

"It bothers me to realize that coffee is not rooted in our people’s ancient traditions, but rather in our people’s recent subjugation." Thulasi Seshan on filter coffee's place in culture, history, and memory:

For me, longing for filter coffee and missing my father are one and the same.

"Not one of them knew this history—that coffee, rather than being a traditional part of our lives, was instead a colonia...
03/04/2022
South Indian Filter Coffee Tastes Like Home and Empire | Thulasi Seshan

"Not one of them knew this history—that coffee, rather than being a traditional part of our lives, was instead a colonial creation." Thulasi Seshan on filter coffee place in culture, history, and memory:

For me, longing for filter coffee and missing my father are one and the same.

"The Encyclopedia is meant to function as a one-stop dream decoder, producing exactly one definitive answer to what ever...
03/04/2022
How to Decode Your Dreams and Predict Your Future | Summer Block

"The Encyclopedia is meant to function as a one-stop dream decoder, producing exactly one definitive answer to what every dream symbol means." Summer Block on 'Zolar's Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Dreams' and staying attuned to the signs and symbols of the universe:

We knew ‘Zolar’s Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Dreams’ was absurd. But, as teenagers, we were thrilled by the idea of interpreting the secret symbols of the universe.

⭐️ A starred Kirkus review for Michelle de Kretser's SCARY MONSTERS! ⭐️"De Kretser, one of our most deeply intelligent w...
03/03/2022
SCARY MONSTERS | Kirkus Reviews

⭐️ A starred Kirkus review for Michelle de Kretser's SCARY MONSTERS! ⭐️

"De Kretser, one of our most deeply intelligent writers, offers a book that is wry and heartbreaking, playful and profound."

A reversible novel tells the stories of two Asian immigrants to Australia, one 40 years in the past and one in the future.

What details from your life can you use to begin writing a magical realist story? Try out this prompt from classes instr...
03/03/2022
Magical Realism and Cultural Context | Jessica Reidy

What details from your life can you use to begin writing a magical realist story? Try out this prompt from classes instructor Jessica Reidy:

Learn how to devise a rough concept for a magical realist story with this prompt from classes instructor Jessica Reidy.

"The more time I spent in fandom while writing this column, the clearer it became to me: I believe fandom should be abou...
03/03/2022
Dear Shinhwa, I Found My Joy in K-Pop Fandom | Giaae Kwon

"The more time I spent in fandom while writing this column, the clearer it became to me: I believe fandom should be about joy." Giaae Kwon's latest installment of her column on Shinhwa and the joy of fandom:

Joy is not something I’ve carried naturally

"In 1993, I dreamed about a wedding." Summer Block on 'Zolar's Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Dreams' and staying attuned ...
03/03/2022
How to Decode Your Dreams and Predict Your Future | Summer Block

"In 1993, I dreamed about a wedding." Summer Block on 'Zolar's Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Dreams' and staying attuned to the signs and symbols of the universe:

We knew ‘Zolar’s Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Dreams’ was absurd. But, as teenagers, we were thrilled by the idea of interpreting the secret symbols of the universe.

"It bothers me to realize that coffee is not rooted in our people’s ancient traditions, but rather in our people’s recen...
03/03/2022
South Indian Filter Coffee Tastes Like Home and Empire | Thulasi Seshan

"It bothers me to realize that coffee is not rooted in our people’s ancient traditions, but rather in our people’s recent subjugation." Thulasi Seshan on filter coffee's place in culture, history, and memory:

For me, longing for filter coffee and missing my father are one and the same.

"Diners can provide night-shift workers, students, or just those coming back from a night out with decent, off-hours din...
03/03/2022
We Need the All-American Diner | Amanda Chen

"Diners can provide night-shift workers, students, or just those coming back from a night out with decent, off-hours dining options outside of fast food, especially in food deserts." Amanda Chen writes:

Diners are affordable, accessible, and a staple of our national imagination. They’re also disappearing—and we need them now more than ever.

"I think about what that means, war-torn / why not war-shattered, mirror multiplied" Don't miss this new poem from Dora ...
03/02/2022
Pepe | Dora Prieto | Poetry

"I think about what that means, war-torn / why not war-shattered, mirror multiplied" Don't miss this new poem from Dora Prieto:

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

Affordable and once-ubiquitous, the diner is a paragon of postwar prosperity and optimism. As a result, it feels anachro...
03/02/2022
We Need the All-American Diner | Amanda Chen

Affordable and once-ubiquitous, the diner is a paragon of postwar prosperity and optimism. As a result, it feels anachronistic. We need it now more than ever. Amanda Chen writes:

Diners are affordable, accessible, and a staple of our national imagination. They’re also disappearing—and we need them now more than ever.

"[Outsider artists] create art 'as a way to realize their inner vision and to deal with the possible trauma or hardship ...
03/02/2022
Why Create Art When No One Will See It? | Liam Greenwell

"[Outsider artists] create art 'as a way to realize their inner vision and to deal with the possible trauma or hardship that they’ve lived through.'" An essay on Fritz Kiste by Liam Greenwell:

Fritz Kistel was a reclusive artist who produced a body of work so fabulously unproductive—in the capitalist sense—that I can’t help but admire him: He created for himself.

"[Outsider artists] create art 'as a way to realize their inner vision and to deal with the possible trauma or hardship ...
03/02/2022
Why Create Art When No One Will See It? | Liam Greenwell

"[Outsider artists] create art 'as a way to realize their inner vision and to deal with the possible trauma or hardship that they’ve lived through.'" An essay on Fritz Kiste by Liam Greenwell:

Fritz Kistel was a reclusive artist who produced a body of work so fabulously unproductive—in the capitalist sense—that I can’t help but admire him: He created for himself.

"What struck me about Nirvana immediately was Cobain’s anger. Not an anger misplaced, mind you, but an anger languishing...
03/02/2022
Kurt Cobain Pushed the Boundaries of Gender and Made Room for Us All | Niko Stratis

"What struck me about Nirvana immediately was Cobain’s anger. Not an anger misplaced, mind you, but an anger languishing in abstraction." Read the next installment of Niko Stratis' column, Everyone Is Gay, on Nirvana and Kurt Cobain:

Nirvana took every step to sand the edges of rock's obsessive relationship with toxic masculinity.

Parenthood, poverty, family history, subsistence living on a Maine island—ARCs of LUNGFISH by Meghan Gillis have arrived...
03/01/2022

Parenthood, poverty, family history, subsistence living on a Maine island—
ARCs of LUNGFISH by Meghan Gillis have arrived!

"Here is a story about the islands we build and carry with us. Here is storytelling at its best.” —Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hunters

https://books.catapult.co/books/lungfish/

"The most striking thing about Cobain, outside the flannel-clad bluster and bravado of grunge, was how he pushed the bou...
03/01/2022
Kurt Cobain Pushed the Boundaries of Gender and Made Room for Us All | Niko Stratis

"The most striking thing about Cobain, outside the flannel-clad bluster and bravado of grunge, was how he pushed the boundaries of his gender." Read the next installment of Niko Stratis' column, Everyone Is Gay, on Nirvana and Kurt Cobain:

Nirvana took every step to sand the edges of rock's obsessive relationship with toxic masculinity.

Ever heard of Fritz Kistel? Probably not. He was a reclusive artist who produced a body of work so fabulously unproducti...
03/01/2022
Why Create Art When No One Will See It? | Liam Greenwell

Ever heard of Fritz Kistel? Probably not. He was a reclusive artist who produced a body of work so fabulously unproductive—in the capitalist sense—that he might inspire: He created for himself. Liam Greenwell writes:

Fritz Kistel was a reclusive artist who produced a body of work so fabulously unproductive—in the capitalist sense—that I can’t help but admire him: He created for himself.

TODAY, 3/1, 7pm EST join Natalie Eve Garrett, editor of our forthcoming THE LONELY STORIES, alongside Kristen Radtke and...
03/01/2022
CityLit Festival presents: Navigating Solitude – CityLit Project

TODAY, 3/1, 7pm EST join Natalie Eve Garrett, editor of our forthcoming THE LONELY STORIES, alongside Kristen Radtke and Nguyên Khôi Nguyễn for a virtual discussion of navigating loneliness as part of Baltimore's City Lit Festival from CityLit Project!

EVENTS IN THE NEWS WHAT'S HAPPENING CityLit Festival presents: Navigating Solitude Tuesday, March 1, 2022, @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST The Writers Room with Kristen Radtke from 8:00 – 8:30 Registration requested: The link is below. This session examines the many ways we manage isolation. Leaning int...

"We’d had the starter home, the big house, the summer cottage, but then something went quickly and badly wrong—something...
03/01/2022
To All the Brooklyn Brownstones I've Loved Before | Beth Boyle Machlan

"We’d had the starter home, the big house, the summer cottage, but then something went quickly and badly wrong—something we didn’t talk about, even as the scenery changed rapidly around us." An essay Beth Boyle Machlan on desire, real estate, and coveting the Brooklyn brownstone:

The brownstone stood for everything I wanted: solidity and urbanity, possibility and permanence. But it wasn’t mine.

"My desire for the men melted into my desire for their wood floors, their marble mantels, their bay windows and leafy st...
03/01/2022
To All the Brooklyn Brownstones I've Loved Before | Beth Boyle Machlan

"My desire for the men melted into my desire for their wood floors, their marble mantels, their bay windows and leafy streets." An essay by Beth Boyle Machlan on desire, real estate, and coveting the Brooklyn brownstone:

The brownstone stood for everything I wanted: solidity and urbanity, possibility and permanence. But it wasn’t mine.

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"The time spent lingering on procrastination might be productive in that it allows us to brainstorm and reflect on solutions that might actually help us in the long run." Can procrastination be good for your writing? Catapult investigates. https://bit.ly/3hsTNuJ
"Storytelling is like the TARDIS in ‘Doctor Who’—the narrower and more specific we get on the outside, the bigger it gets on the inside." Try this excellent writing prompt courtesy of A.E. Osworth and Catapult. https://bit.ly/3hl3oDX
February #PodPicks! Gloria's is THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit Books US), and Caroline's is THIS BOY WE MADE by Taylor Harris (Catapult). Find all our staff picks here: https://buff.ly/3LPz3uU
Our quarterly roundup of fellowships, residencies, and prizes features new opportunities from the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Millay Colony, Creative Capital, and more. Catapult Millay Arts Creative Capital
Check it out! Our Swimming call for submissions is featured in Catapult's submission roundup!
Congratulations to our contributor, Patch Kirschenbaum, whose story "For Future Reference: Notes on the 7-10 Split" from Issue 18.1 has been chosen for the PEN America/Robert J. Dau anthology of best debut stories! The award "recognizes 12 emerging writers each year for their debut short story published in a literary magazine, journal, or cultural website, and aims to support the launch of their careers as fiction writers." Catapult will publish the anthology. We're so thrilled for Patch and the other awardees!
English (UK & BC excl. CAN) rights for THE WHITE MOSQUE by Sofia Samatar sold to Hurst Publishers on behalf of Catapult! 📚🎉🇬🇧 🔥2 Seas represents World excl. North American rights! 👉More info: https://bit.ly/3gBxwKA . . #thewhitemosque #sofiasamatar #catapultpress #hurstpublishers #englishbooks #makebookstravel #2seasagency #foreignrights #booksintranslation #bookstagram #instabooks #goodreads #booksbooksbooks
Do you have some new writing you're looking to get published? Catapult rounded up some submission opportunities! https://bit.ly/3rtm3Dg
"...two generations have passed since I was taught not to use exclamation points. Today, I feel almost morally required to shout; it is impossible not to shout!" In defense of exclamation points, on Catapult ⬇️
Check it out! Our Swimming call for submissions is featured in this week's Catapult submission roundup!
"I, a slow reader, will never get to all the words I long to read, but I will relish the ones before me." It's easy to compare yourself to others, but this essay in Catapult reminds us to look forward.