We’ve enjoyed the thoughtful, relatable personal narratives and writing resources that the folks at Catapult have published and offered over the years, and are sad to hear the online magazine and writing program are coming to an end. Here’s a reading list of our favorite Catapult essays from our editors’ picks archive.

Catapult editors’ picks

Living With Wolves

Nikki Kolb | Catapult | January 3, 2022 | 3,410 words

“Working at a wolf sanctuary became part of my identity. Leaving the pack was harder than I expected.”

All That Is Lost and All That Is Remembered

Naz Riahi | Catapult | April 1, 2020 | 2,409 words

On the 30th anniversary of her Navy captain father’s political execution, Naz Riahi recalls her love for him, and reveals a persistent grief that is always with her.

Meeting My Third Family

Margot Livesey | Catapult | October 8, 2019 | 4,840 words

“Briefly, I was part of that mysterious organism, a biological family; no one cared about my virtues or my bad behavior.”

Why We Cross the Border in El Paso

Victoria Blanco | Catapult | August 30, 2018 | 2,856 words

“I felt my mom’s grip tighten around my hand as dozens surged across the Rio Grande, the water waist-high. Adults held children in their arms or carried them in rebozos across their backs.”

My Editor Was Black

Naima Coster | Catapult | December 11, 2017 | 2,359 words

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