How Generations of Black Women Artists Are Lost to Institutional Racism

“All of my most cherished conversations on [Kathleen] Collins have been with Black women. My introduction to her came via the work of the first female editor I worked with. Her stunning meditation on both Collins and her daughter opened my eyes to a woman whose late arrival to my canon was one I couldn’t understand. As often as I’ve come back to her writings, I’ve also come back to this introductory essay which touched on art, secrets, love, and illness.”

Source: Catapult
Published: May 7, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,402 words)

All That Is Lost and All That Is Remembered

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.

Author: Naz Riahi
Source: Catapult
Published: Apr 1, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,409 words)

The Curious Language of Grief

“I wonder why I wonder, and then I remember why: I am still mourning him, in part because I am mourning all the relationships I never got to have with the people who never knew me as a woman.”

Source: Catapult
Published: Mar 11, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,495 words)

Meeting My Third Family

An only child — and the daughter of two only children who died young — Margot Livesey grew up knowing none of her other relatives and adopting a nearby family as her own. Recently, though, DNA testing led her to take a trip to Australia, where she met relatives from her mother’s side, and learned a secret about her maternal grandmother’s parentage. In this moving personal essay, she muses about the differences between adopted family and those to whom we are connected by blood, and finding fragments of ourselves in those who share our genes.

Source: Catapult
Published: Oct 8, 2019
Length: 19 minutes (4,840 words)

I Went to Wyoming to Get My MFA and It Gave My Life Back to Me

Her tech job gave her security and stability, but she craved the creativity, stimulation, and literary connection that would make her whole.

Source: Catapult
Published: Aug 22, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,690 words)

On Eve’s Temptation and the Monsters We Make of Hungry Women

In this first piece in a series about women in the Bible and social constructions of feminine power, Nina Li Coomes examines the story of the Garden of Eden: “I first began to think of Eve as a woman punished for hunger in college. At the time, I was a recovering Atheist relapsing into her own disordered eating patterns. One evening, I struck upon this epiphany while staring intensely through the crosshatch glass of my apartment’s oven, willing the verdant kabocha squash (lower calorie count than sweet potatoes) I’d placed there to roast faster.”

Source: Catapult
Published: Jul 15, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,725 words)

The Summer I Became a Thief

When Sari Botton wasn’t receiving what she needed from her divorced parents, she took things into her own hands. She took coins from her annoying stepbrother’s money jar.

Source: Catapult
Published: Apr 30, 2019
Length: 10 minutes (2,740 words)

Turning Our Garden’s Bounty Into Community

In this moving installment of her Catapult column Backyard Politics, Christine H. Lee discovers equilibrium in sharing her farm’s bounty and in the beauty of simple, impromptu barter arrangements.

Source: Catapult
Published: Mar 5, 2019
Length: 9 minutes (2,451 words)

What Is Common, What Is Rare: Why Extraordinary Events Cannot Eclipse Everyday Racism

In this braided personal essay, Patrice Gropo compellingly draws together narrative threads about the solar eclipse in August, 2017, and how it, in ways eclipsed the white nationalist march on Charlottesville 10 days before; and the way in which a white writer effectively eclipsed her by publishing plagiarized portions of an essay she’d read at aloud at a conference.

Source: Catapult
Published: Jan 14, 2019
Length: 11 minutes (2,799 words)

My Fathers and Hip-Hop Taught Me About Self-Care as A Black Man

“Embracing mortality, in this sense, is to prepare a way for my future children. If this cancer is hereditary, is it not also my responsibility to do everything within my humanly power to ensure, my children nor I, have to suffer?”

Source: Catapult
Published: Oct 9, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,093 words)