The Catapult

Jaime Green

A podcast of the best new writing, read aloud and sent straight to your ears. Find us online at and follow us on twitter at @CatapultPodcast.
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Ep 53: Marian Bull & Anthony Michael Morena

21:07 | Apr 26th, 2016

Today's episode features writing about food and writing about space, objectively the two best kinds of writing. Marian Bull reads "In the Morning Kitchen," which was originally published in Lucky Peach, and Anthony Michael Morena reads from his book,...Show More
Ep 52: Zoe Rana Mungin & Lucas Mann

27:05 | Apr 11th, 2016

Two pieces set in New York City, with narrators trying to make sense of their present and their past—Zoe Rana Mungin reads her short story, "Never Get Married," and Lucas Mann reads from his memoir, Lord Fear, which is out in paperback now. ~review ...Show More
Ep 51: Ari Baum-Hommes, Tania Nwachukwu, & Corinne Manning

27:35 | Mar 29th, 2016

Today we bring you readings from three excellent independent literary magazines: NOÖ, Synaesthesia, and Moss, with short prose from Ari Baum-Hommes, a poem from Tania Nwachukwu, and an excerpt from a short story from Corinne Manning.  ~review The Ca...Show More
Ep 50: Lynn Steger Strong, Sasha Fletcher, & Kaitlyn Greenidge

46:34 | Mar 14th, 2016

On today's episode: a mother tries to reach her daughter, a woman tries to make sense of a stranger in town, and some extraordinarily exuberant love poems. Readings from Lynn Steger Strong (Hold Still), Sasha Fletcher (It Is Going To Be A Good Year),...Show More
Ep 49: Kerry Cullen, A. Igoni Barrett, & Sara Majka

35:30 | Feb 29th, 2016

Three readings on the moments when our bodies and lives surprise us and betray us, in ways common and seemingly supernatural. Kerry Cullen reads her short story, "Unidentifiable," A. Igoni Barrett reads from his novel, Blackass (on sale March 1) and ...Show More
Ep 48: Tony Tulathimutte & Belinda McKeon

31:29 | Feb 15th, 2016

This is not a Valentine's Day episode. But it is inappropriate for workplace listening, inappropriate for children, inappropriate for tender souls—wait, it's exactly right for tender souls. (Isn't all art?) Tony Tulathimutte and Belinda McKeon read f...Show More
Ep 47: KT Billey, Anna Rosenwong, & Gregory Pardlo

37:50 | Feb 1st, 2016

Let's call this our Translation Special! Pulitzer Prize–winner Gregory Pardlo reads his essay, "On Translation," and poet/translators KT Billey and Anna Rosenwong read their translated work. ~review The Catapult in iTunes~ // @C...Show More
Ep 46: Cara Parks & Paul Lisicky

28:49 | Jan 18th, 2016

After some discussion of reading that can change your life, two readings about life in huge moments of change: marriage, death, love. Cara Parks reads an essay and Paul Lisicky reads the opening of his new book, The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendshi...Show More
Ep 45: Helen Ellis & Michael Ian Black

31:27 | Jan 7th, 2016

The many ages of man. And girl. And mothers. And bodies. It's all terrifying and hilarious. Helen Ellis reads a story from her collection, American Housewife, out January 12, and Michael Ian Black reads the introduction to his new book of essays, Nav...Show More
Ep 44: Josh Fruhlinger & Josh Gondelman

32:32 | Dec 7th, 2015

Two Joshes for the price of a free podcast today! Josh Fruhlinger reads from his novel, The Enthusiast, and Josh Gondelman reads from his humor book, You Blew It, which he co-wrote with non-Josh Joe Berkowitz. ~review The Catapult in iTunes~ Catapu...Show More
Ep 43: Kea Krause & Alex Mar

32:32 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Sailboats, witches, fathers, beer, red wine, tequila, and supplications to the power of Death: new nonfiction from Kea Krause and Alex Mar. Alex's book, Witches of America, is on sale now. ~review The Catapult in iTunes~ // @Cat...Show More
Ep 42: Rahawa Haile & Lincoln Michel

31:41 | Nov 9th, 2015

Six short stories for the price of one (episode). Weird, whimsical, horrific, romantic—tiny containers make room for some of the strangest, most wonderful things. With Rahawa Haile and Lincoln Michel. ~review The Catapult in iTunes~ Note: Due to a ...Show More
Ep 41: Vivian Lee, Myles Tanzer, & Miranda Popkey

29:52 | Oct 26th, 2015

Today we celebrate The Oyster Review, home to great essays about great books: reviews, personal essays, celebrations, and explorations. Vivian Lee on karaoke, Myles Tanzer on subway survival, and Miranda Popkey on escape. And all of them on books. R...Show More
Ep 40: Emily Holleman & Maris Kreizman

34:44 | Oct 5th, 2015

Two readings from two writers with brand new books: Emily Holleman reads from her new novel, Cleopatra's Shadows, and Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse: 90210, reads an essay about finding her path and her voice in NYC. And now it's time for ...Show More
Ep 39: Tim Manley & Molly McCloy

28:16 | Sep 21st, 2015

From two great storytellers, two great essays, about love, teaching, New York City, and the things we do to lose ourselves or find ourselves. Tim Manley reads "Wearing My Heart on My Hand," and Molly McCloy reads "Eating East Elmhurst." Review The C...Show More
Ep 38: Robin Beth Schaer & Sarah Ruhl

38:22 | Sep 7th, 2015

Poet Robin Beth Schaer reads from her collection, Shipbreaking, and playwright Sarah Ruhl reads essays from her book, 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater.  Catapu...Show More
Anthology #1 - Poetry: Matthea Harvey, Lynn Schmeidler, & Dorothea Lasky

39:00 | Aug 24th, 2015

The first in a sporadic series of readings collected from early in our archives: three poetry readings from the first year of The Catapult. With: mermaids, aliens, new geometries, neurological disorders, remarkable women, rejection, porn, eating meat...Show More
Ep 37: Adrienne Celt & Jason Diamond

28:02 | Aug 10th, 2015

What's the mythology driving your world? From family stories to fairy tales, classic movies to Food Network stars—on this episode, Adrienne Celt reads from her novel, The Daughters, and Jason Diamond reads his essay, "Bleach." // @...Show More
Ep 36: Rebecca Dinerstein & Edan Lepucki

31:07 | Jul 27th, 2015

Both of today's readings come from novels that take their characters to foreign places: in Rebecca Dinerstein's The Sunlit Night, it's arctic Norway, and in Edan Lepucki's California, it's the wilderness of a world falling apart. The Sunlight Night i...Show More
Ep 35: Jaya Saxena & Molly McArdle

34:31 | Jul 13th, 2015

On this episode, we bring you two different versions of lost and found: Jaya Saxena reads her essay, "Looking the Part," about trying to find a clear identity, and Molly McArdle reads from her novel in progress, Geography, with an excerpt about a boy...Show More
Ep 34: Jessamyn Hope & Alexis Coe

32:45 | Jun 29th, 2015

Jessamyn Hope reads from her novel, Safekeeping, and Alexis Coe reads from her nonfiction book, Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis. Plus: What do you read when you're writing? Sometimes (blasphemy!) do you need to read nothing at all? Catapu...Show More
Ep 33: Emily Schultz & Jami Attenberg

27:10 | Jun 15th, 2015

Today's readings come from books that might be the perfect summer reading: engrossing, devourable novels that, even if they're not fluffy feel-goods, feel amazing to read. Emily Schultz reads from The Blondes and Jami Attenberg reads from Saint Mazie...Show More
Ep 32: Live at HiFi w/ Jaime Green & Mira Jacob

29:13 | Jun 1st, 2015

Part two of The Catapult's live show at HiFi in April, with new readings from Jaime Green (hi) and Mira Jacob (The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing). // @CatapultReads // The Trebuchet
Ep 31: Live at HiFi w/ Isaac Oliver & Morgan Parker

31:01 | May 18th, 2015

Recorded live at HiFi, Isaac Oliver and Morgan Parker read new work as part of the Catapult-curated edition of the HiFi Reading Series. Morgan's book, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, is out now. Isaac's book, Intimacy Idiot, comes out Ju...Show More
Ep 30: Elisabeth Donnelly & Catie Disabato

31:00 | May 4th, 2015

Discussed: cats, fame, feminist spiritual preparation for marriage, independent bookstores, small towns, sudden disappearance, and a coming storm. Elisabeth Donnelly reads her essay, "How to Befriend a Cat," and Catie Disabato reads from her novel, ...Show More
Ep 29: Anna North & Will Chancellor

29:15 | Apr 20th, 2015

Readings from two novels, about love and love gone awry, about the small things that add up to love and the things that try and fail to mimic love's shape. Anna North reads from The Life and Death of Sophie Stark (out May 19) and Will Chancellor read...Show More
Ep 28: Jessica Pearce Rotondi & Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

34:07 | Apr 6th, 2015

On this episode, two pieces about the ways war can impact our lives across great distance—in time or space—and the ways conflict can change and challenge who we are. Jessica Pearce Rotondi reads from her book-in-progress, What We Inherit, and Saïd Sa...Show More
Ep 27: Lance Rubin & Kathleen Alcott

30:20 | Mar 23rd, 2015

We've got readings from two new novels for you today: Lance Rubin reads from Denton Little's Deathdate (April 14th), about a world where everyone knows in advance the day they're going to die, and Kathleen Alcott reads from Infinite Home (August 4th)...Show More
Ep 26: Jazmine Hughes & Jynne Dilling Martin

25:03 | Mar 2nd, 2015

From family to frontiers, the familiar and foreign, today's episode brings you sisters and snow-covered glaciers and plains: Jazmine Hughes reads an essay called "Sisters, Ranked," and Jynne Dilling Martin reads poems from her new book, We Mammals in...Show More
Ep 25: Madeline Felix & Tobias Carroll

32:19 | Feb 16th, 2015

On this episode, Madeline Felix reads from the smart, big-hearted book she is writing, Ways to Get Lost, about teaching in Vietnam, and Tobias Carroll reads two short pieces that exist in the overlaps of quotidian and surreal, comical and mournful. ...Show More
Ep 24: Elizabeth Greenwood & Katie Coyle

32:39 | Feb 4th, 2015

Today the podcast goes Left Behind, but instead of awful evangelical propaganda, we're bringing you two variations on ~*pseudocide*~ with faked deaths, fantasized escapes, and specious raptures. Elizabeth Greenwood reads from her forthcoming book, Pl...Show More
Ep 23: Kyle Chayka & Helene Wecker

25:28 | Jan 19th, 2015

Do you need to go somewhere new in order to find yourself? If you go somewhere new, can you even help learning more about who you are and what you want? This episode brings you two writers exploring these questions in very different ways: Kyle Chayka...Show More
Ep 22: Live Show pt 2 w/ Nicole Steinberg & Gabriel Roth

35:51 | Jan 5th, 2015

Happy new year! What are your positive resolutions? What do you want more of in your life? Did you answer "more of the Catapult live show"? Well then boy are you in luck! Here is part two of The Catapult Live, with Nicole Steinberg and Gabriel Roth. ...Show More
Ep 21: Live Show pt. 1 w/ Kevin Nguyen & Alan Hanson

21:11 | Dec 23rd, 2014

On this episode we bring you part 1 of our live show, recorded November 3rd, 2014, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City. For part 1, we have Kevin Nguyen reading an essay about names, culture, and the internet, and Alan Hanson reads an am...Show More
Ep 20: Shelly Oria & Bijan Stephen

25:27 | Dec 8th, 2014

Time works in strange ways in both pieces on this episode. Shelly Oria reads a short story from her new collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, about measuring love, distance, and loss, and Bijan Stephen reads an essay that tells the story of one night i...Show More
Ep 19: Miranda K. Pennington & Meaghan O'Connell

31:01 | Nov 24th, 2014

Today we've got two nonfiction pieces that show the power of sharing experience through writing and reading. Meaghan O'Connell (Longreads, The Billfold) reads from her honest, funny, and generous recounting of her son's birth, and Miranda K. Penningt...Show More
Ep 18: Elisabeth Geier & Marie-Helene Bertino

25:52 | Nov 10th, 2014

On today's episode, the perils and thrills of being a woman or girl navigating a world full of men's bodies. But maybe not quite how you expect. Elisabeth Geier reads an essay about art, music, love, and penises, and Marie-Helene Bertino reads a shor...Show More
Ep 17: Ben Lillie & Dorothea Lasky

31:29 | Oct 27th, 2014

The Pleiades, love poems, lava tubes, and porn. Rome and dark-sky mountaintops. An essay, "We Never Looked at the Stars," from Ben Lillie and poems by Dorothea Lasky from her new book, Rome.  Also announcing The Catapult: LIVE, 11/3 at Housing Works...Show More
Ep 16: Alice Sola Kim & Dolan Morgan

36:25 | Oct 13th, 2014

Today we've got readings from two amazing short stories: Alice Sola Kim reads from "Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying" and Dolan Morgan reads from "Infestation." Alice's story appears in the new issue of Tin House (#61) and ...Show More
Ep 15: Julia Pierpont & Gabriel Roth

32:12 | Sep 22nd, 2014

On this episode, we've got stories of children trying to make sense of the world... and adults trying to do the same. Figuring out the unspoken rules, trying to get the answers they want, a little lost, a little hopeful, a little strange. Julia Pierp...Show More
Ep 14: Rebecca Worby & Justin Taylor

34:47 | Sep 8th, 2014

Two stories of love and leaving home: Rebecca Worby reads an essay about falling in love with red rock country and the confusion of romance in a beloved place, and Justin Taylor reads a short story about leaving the city in love and continuing to lea...Show More
Ep 13: Matthea Harvey & Emily Gould

38:21 | Aug 25th, 2014

From mermaids to the Midwest, we've got something for everyone today: 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 f...Show More
Ep 12: Morgan Parker & Stacy Parker Le Melle

26:19 | Aug 11th, 2014

Today's episode features work from the new issue of Apogee Journal. (Today's episode also features the sound of several low-flying jets on their way to land at LaGuardia Airport.) Apogee publishes art and writing that engage with issues of identity p...Show More
Ep 11: Lynn Schmeidler & Ted Thompson

30:15 | Jul 28th, 2014

Poetry and fiction for you, on rare neurological diseases, following Phish, the Next Great American Novelist that never was, lost love, found accents, and indescribable mystical experiences. Plus advice for writers, literary secrets, and a new Catapu...Show More
Ep 10: Matt Gallagher & Leigh Stein

32:50 | Jul 14th, 2014

Two nonfiction readings today—Matt Gallagher reads an essay about getting back in uniform, in New York City instead of Iraq, and Leigh Stein shares an excerpt from her memoir-in-progress about grieving in the internet age, in this selection touching ...Show More
Ep 9: Mira Jacob & Filip Noterdaeme

27:23 | Jun 30th, 2014

Our run of fortuitously themed episodes is OVER, unless you'll take for this episode's theme "really lovely readers." Because they are. Both writers on this episode have the kinds of voices I could just listen to forever. But the similarities mostly ...Show More
Ep 8: Jen Doll & Catherine Lacey

27:02 | Jun 16th, 2014

This episode brings you two excerpts from two fantastic new books: Jen Doll reading the opening of her book, Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest (out now) and Catherine Lacey with an excerpt from her novel, Nobody i...Show More
Ep 7: Kevin Nguyen, Alan Hanson, & Julie Buntin

35:42 | Jun 2nd, 2014

An essay, poems, and a short story. Discussed: sisters, best friends, feminist poetry, Belle & Sebastian, California, meteor showers, shacks in the woods, DSM IV 300.6, John Green, tumblr, teens, and the impossibility of knowing another person's expe...Show More
Ep 6: Meghan Flaherty & Matthew Rossi

42:01 | May 19th, 2014

A serendipitously themed episode, with an essay from Meghan Flaherty and a short story from Matthew Rossi.
Ep 5: Meehan Crist & Miles Klee

27:49 | May 5th, 2014

Meehan Crist and Miles Klee read this week. Meehan's short pieces blur essay and poetry; Miles' short story blurs discomfort and hilarity.
Ep 4: Rosie Schaap & Isaac Oliver

28:18 | Apr 21st, 2014

Today's pieces come together on the topic of trying to be the person you want to be, dancing around the line between finding yourself and trying too hard. Rosie Schaap reads an excerpt from her book, Drinking With Men, and Isaac Oliver gets us cozy w...Show More
Ep 3: Rebecca Schiff & Leslie Jamison

29:22 | Apr 7th, 2014

After an intro riff on hard books, rough patches, and some thoughts on novels read ten or so years ago, Rebecca Schiff reads a short story about romance with a down-on-his-luck pot grower, and Leslie Jamison reads an essay from her new book, The Empa...Show More
Ep 2: Colleen Kinder & Ryan Chang

28:56 | Mar 24th, 2014

Colleen Kinder's essay takes us under cover in Cairo. Ryan Chang reads a short story about shame, a dog, and an institutional purgatory. Read more at, and follow us on twitter at @CatapultReads.
Episode 1: Isaac Butler, Nicole Steinberg, & Ryan Britt

33:02 | Mar 3rd, 2014

On this, our inaugural episode, Isaac Butler reads an essay about love on the proto-internet, we have gorgeous and strange poems from Nicole Steinberg, and Ryan Britt's short story takes us to an Applebee's, perhaps an especially nice one.