Catalyst Poetry Reading Event

Our very own Greta Durst and Jahni Brandt will be reading a few of their poems as contribution to the Intransigent Poet Series at Pearl Street Books! Be sure to check it out! poetry reading


Catalyst issue 19 is published!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…Issue 19 is here! Go find it under the “Current Issue” tab and be sure to share with your family, friends, and peers! We appreciate everyone who submitted–look out for this semesters deadline for more Catalyst excitement!

One More for the Road…

Here’s just one more prompt to get you all going for a summer (hopefully) filled with lots of writing, drawing, and photo taking!

You are wandering around at night trying to find your way back home and stumble upon your local musty graveyard. No one has been buried there in years because of the incidents. That was in the year 84′. It has not happened since so it won’t happen again, right? You feel a shadow looming over your every step, is it happening again? You fall to the ground, petrified after a heavy hand pushes you off your path. The shadow scurries over to graves, digging up what was left behind. Grotesque body parts are soaring over your motionless body… it’s happening. Are you next?

Come up with a scary story to tell around all those summer bonfires!

-The Catalyst Team

Volume 18 is Up!

Hello all!

Volume 18 is officially published for this semester! What better way to start off your summer than by checking out all the amazing stories, poetry, and artwork in this new issue? Go check it out under the “Current Issue” tab now!

Have a wonderful summer, and start getting those submissions ready for fall!

-The Catalyst Team

Interview with Rylee Hedberg

Please enjoy this interview with UWL student, Rylee Hedberg!

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PC: Received from Rylee Hedberg

To read some of Rylee’s works check Volume 17 of The Catalyst!

What is your major?

Where is your hometown?
Waseca, MN

What do you do for fun, besides writing?
I enjoy running, yoga, nature, reading, music, hanging out with friends, Netflix, and drinking beer!

What inspires your writing?
Usually, things that are happening presently in my life, whenever I have a lot going on in my head I write it down and most of the time the writing manifests into itself.

You wrote a piece for The Catalyst called ‘News’. Can you describe what inspired that piece specifically and what kind of role the news has in your inspiration?
I was researching a book for one of my classes called Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman. I had read a few excerpts from it and was overwhelmed with what Postman had to say about the way technology is shaping our lives as well as the way we communicate with one another. I suppose I just channeled all of my thoughts into writing which usually helps me gain a clearer image about things in my life.

Do your career goals include any aspect of writing?
Hopefully! I’d like to be a journalist, maybe specializing in music or travel…or try my hand at a book or short story!

A Little Inspiration for You!

The deadline is coming up quick! Here’s another prompt in case writer’s block has got you down!

Midwest Landscape

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Sam has lived on the coast of Connecticut since birth. However, rising sea levels change the real estate market as properties on higher ground and properties further inland become more valuable, causing many on the coast to become impoverished and flock inland. Sam decides to move to a booming Midwestern city foreign to him/her because they’ve only ever been exposed to widespread flooding and poverty. Now Sam must start a new life, and meet new people…and today Sam bumped into you. Where do you take Sam? What must Sam learn, appreciate and accept in your town? What does Sam have the most trouble with? Where is Sam’s family?