Cover Photo: An image of Burbank Mall in Los Angeles also known Burbank Town Center
Becoming No One and Everyone at the Burbank Mall

I was just another teen with a hot dog pretzel.

Jan 12, 2022
Cover Photo: A photograph of a white sculpted hand holding a white sculpted bottle, protruding from a  white wall.  Just below the neck of the bottle is a real wine glass, full of red wine, held by another sculpted white hand that protrudes from the wall.
Who Can Afford to Make and Drink Wine?

If someone paid half a million for a single bottle of wine, how much did the grape harvesters earn making it?

Jan 12, 2022
Cover Photo: A close-up photograph of a mother holding close an infant child in her arms
Scarlight

I wanted one too, from the very beginning. I don’t have any scars, I insisted. I don’t have anything to show for it.

Cover Photo: A photograph of a grey floor covered with multicolored party streamers, confetti, and ribbons.
Reading My Audiobook Was an Act of Letting Go
You cannot grow, or heal, or whatever it is we’re trying to achieve when we write though trauma, by distancing yourself from your own pain.
Oct 19, 2021
Cover Photo: A screenshot of the character Samantha Jones, played by Kim Cattrall, from the show "Sex and the City." She is wearing dark brown sunglasses and a white halter top. She is clutching the sunglasses on her face and her mouth is open in surprise.
Writing Sex Was Easy Until I Had to Read It Aloud
I had one male audio engineer in the room with me, politely waiting to hear me record a graphic essay about youthful sex.
Nov 02, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of a person wearing headphones and sitting in front of a microphone while holding an open book in front of their face. Several books in pink, blue, and yellow exist between the reader's mouth and the microphone, as if a series of layers of barriers. The background is blue and pink.
Trans Voices Belong in the Recording Booth Too
Contributing to the small body of trans-narrated, trans-written audiobooks felt both personally affirming and politically necessary.
Dec 20, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of a mother watching her daughter in the bathroom
Haibun on the High Bun
everything shifts as she twists and spins her hair, lifting it to chignon. / So self-assured, as if the gesture were always hers
Dec 22, 2021
Cover Photo: Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult
playing the dozens with loneliness
your lonely ain’t alone if it’s waiting for him
Nov 10, 2021
Cover Photo: An  image of a man walking  surrounded  by birds, books, flowers and other joys
Let Me Show You
oh, how my little joys have saved me
Oct 13, 2021
Cover Photo: A black and white photograph of the Elmo the Muppet from Sesame Street; he is staring into the camera, a disbelieving expression on his furry features, presumably due to the antics of his friend Zoe and her pet rock Rocco
Elmo’s Struggle
I raised my eyes heavenwards, seeking strength in the blue expanse. Let Zoe have her foolish notions. I would not let Rocco trouble me today.
Jan 10, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows two young women running and dancing down a city sidewalk. Cars are driving past them and all the light sources are blurry and bleeding, as if we are looking at the scene through a window streaked with rain. The girls' shadows on the building next to them have wolf heads.
City Wolf
The werewolf has been scheduling men from the app back-to-back every night—even on the days leading up to the full moon, though she knows she shouldn’t.
Jan 07, 2022
Cover Photo: This illustration shows a figure in a long red kimono painting the white background behind her with many flying black birds. Some of the birds are blurred in the background, but all of them are flying in the same direction, to the right side of the image.
The Genius and the Devil
What I wanted to know was this: What does it feel like to create something wondrous? To have a vision and then to perfectly translate that vision onto canvas?
Dec 17, 2021