Here’s episode 14, with an essay from Rebecca Worby and a short story from Justin Taylor, and lots of places that aren’t New York.

Episode 14: Rebecca Worby & Justin Taylor

Today’s readings come together on the idea of leaving the city for something else, for some place that isn’t the city, whether it’s a different town or red rock desert. And in both of these pieces, leaving home does something to how you fall in or out of love.

Rebecca’s essay originally appeared in Sundog Lit, and Justin’s story is from his new book, Flings, which you should get right now.

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About the writers:

Rebecca Worby’s work has appeared in The Common Online, Sundog Lit, Treehouse, and Late Night Library. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University, and she’s currently working on a book about the people and landscapes of Moab, Utah. Becca lives in Brooklyn, where she hosts Shelf Life, a nonfiction reading series. Her twitter handle is @bworbs.

Justin Taylor is the author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, The Gospel of Anarchy, and Flings. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Believer, Tin House and elsewhere online and in print. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at the Pratt Institute and Columbia University. He can be found @my19thcentury and

Or, I feel sharp White. Or,
Colored Against. Or, I am
thrown. Or, I am
Opposed. Or, When White.
Or, I Sharp. Or, I Color…

Episode 12 reader Morgan Parker has an amazing new poem up at Apogee.


I wrote this post over a month ago, and then I held off on posting it because I felt shy about it. I really don’t know when or how to announce happy news. Somehow even in tiny doses it always feels like bragging. But then not announcing it feels just as weird. So I’ve decided I’m going to put it…

A slew of good news and things to look forward to from Catapult friend and all-around excellent guy Ted Thompson, who read on episode 11. Congrats!

Here for your ears is episode 13, with poetry from Matthea Harvey and fiction from Emily Gould.

Episode 13: Matthea Harvey & Emily Gould

From mermaids to the Midwest, this episode has something for everyone: poems from Matthea Harvey and fiction from Emily Gould. Also some musings on cat ownership and writing and how they’re maybe the same thing, plus some ambient construction sounds from recording at Emily’s apartment. Apologies for the buzzsaw; enjoy the rest.

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About the writers:

Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry—If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

Emily Gould is the author of And the Heart Says Whatever, a book of essays, and the novel Friendship. She was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Emily has had a number of jobs, including work at Hyperion Books and In 2008 she completed Alison West’s 200 hour yoga teacher training and in 2010 she completed her basic back care yoga certification. She runs Emily Books, a feminist publishing project. Besides yoga, she loves going to museums especially PS1, birdwatching and karaoke.

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Episode 12: Morgan Parker & Stacy Parker Le Melle

Today we’ve got two writers with poetry and an essay from Apogee Journal’s new issue. Apogee

is a literary journal specializing in art and literature that engage with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, and hyphenated identities. We currently produce an annual issue featuring fiction, creative nonfiction, editorial nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goal is to publish exciting work that interrogates the status quo, providing a platform for unheard voices, including emerging writers of color.

Good stuff, right? Check out the new issue (and past issues) of Apogee here, and follow them on twitter at @ApogeeJournal.

Unrelated link to the book recommended in the opening: The Silent History.

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About the writers:

Morgan Parker’s first collection of poems, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, was selected by Eileen Myles for The 2013 Gatewood Prize and is forthcoming from Switchback Books in 2015. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming from Tin House, jubilat, and Forklift, Ohio. A graduate of NYU’s Creative Writing MFA program and a Cave Canem fellow, Morgan lives in Brooklyn with her dog Braeburn. She works as a poetry editor for Coconut Magazine and Education Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). You can find her at and @morganapple.

Stacy Parker Le Melle is the is the author of the memoir Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House (Ecco/HarperCollins) and the workshop director for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.  She served as the primary contributor to Voices from the Storm: the People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath (McSweeney’s).  She created and continues to record oral histories for The Katrina Experience: an Oral History Project.  Her recent narrative nonfiction has been published in Apogee Journal and she blogs regularly on books, politics, and social issues for the Huffington Post. She is the founder of Harlem Against Violence, Homophobia, and Transphobia and she is also the co-founder of Harlem’s First Person Plural Reading Follower her on twitter at @StacyLeMelle.

“My primary challenge is always in shucking from myself the instinct to please (or to shock, or impress, or enamor). Because there is a gargantuan difference between the public and private selves and when facing a blank page they can so easily become entangled. And while of course the end goal is to write something worth making public, it seems to me the only way I’ve ever done so is through a long and convoluted process of duping myself into not being conscious of that. Creating for me is as much about silencing the urge to perform as it is about silencing doubt. In fact those are probably the same thing. It takes a while to see it, but there is always tremendous richness and depth and meaning in your own subjectivity. That is the substance of your voice.”

(via Little, Brown and Company)

Wisdom from the latest installment of Ted Thompson’s “Ask a Debut Novelist” column. Hear Ted read from his debut novel on episode 11.

Episode 11: Lynn Schmeidler & Ted Thompson

In this episode: lost love, found accents, following Phish, rare neurological diseases, the Great American Novelist that never was, thunderstorms, sleeping bags, and indescribable mystical experiences. Otherwise known as: poetry and fiction.

We’re instituting a new Catapult feature: long-distance Q&A. The fact that you’re listening to these readings across vast time and space doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get your questions in. So, from now on, email any questions you have for an episode’s readers to I’ll get the question to the writer get get the answer to you on our next episode. (If you have questions for any of our past readers, about what they read on the show or anything else of their you’ve read, send ‘em along!)

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About the writers:

Lynn Schmeidler’s prose has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Opium Magazine, Southeast Review, Mid-American Review, Brevity and other literary magazines. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee in fiction. Her poetry appears in Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books (Minor Arcana Press), Mischief, Caprice and Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press), and Room magazine.  Her chapbook of poems based on rare neurological disorders entitled, Curiouser & Curiouser won the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest.  She has taught at various centers for at-risk youth, The Writers Studio in NYC, the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and The Wild Geese Writers Studio in her living room.

Ted Thompson’s debut novel The Land of Steady Habits was published in March by Little, Brown and was recently long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He’s published stories in Tin House, American Short Fiction and Best New American Voices, among other places, and has a story about boarding school werewolves forthcoming in One Teen Story. He teaches for the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog Raisin. @tednotedward and