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Story of the Week: ‘How to Eat Your Own Heart,’ by Gina Chung

Hi friends,

Here’s our latest Story of the Week…


As the title implies, this short story by Gina Chung is a step-by-step instruction manual for cooking and eating one’s own heart. 

Published in Catapult in April 2021. (1,418 words)

Why We Love It:

“How to Eat Your Own Heart” is not just a recipe, it’s a conversation about the consuming of self, as well as the remaking and re-becoming of self. Chung ties family ancestry and shared matrilineal generational traumas to the body, paralleling physical and figurative blood in a guide to regeneration.


“If you don’t know your grandmother’s name, don’t call your mother to ask. Instead, remember that being able to know the first names of your elders is a luxury; speaking them aloud, even if to yourself, is a small heresy.”

Further Reading:

Story selected by Marina Leigh


Marina Leigh is a queer, biracial writer and photographer born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and she is currently earning her MFA in poetry as the Grisham Fellow at the University of Mississippi.

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