Hi! My name is Alicia Kenworthy — I’m a writer living in Washington D.C., and this is Catalectic, a Substack borne from a love for literature and an easily distractible mind. On other corners of the internet, you may recognize me as either a once-upon-a-time reality TV talent or outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform.

The broad theme for this newsletter is “thoughts inspired by things I’ve read” — literary fiction, mostly — a theme I hope leaves room for both critique and commentary as well as neither-here-nor-there digressions, personal essays, anecdotes and stories.

The vast majority of posts on this Substack will be public — I don’t know what to do with the pressure of a paywall! If you do take out a paid subscription, think of it like you would a donation to NPR. Financial support gives me the focus I need to bring this newsletter to life at a regular cadence.

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A newsletter for people who read fiction -- or at least, like the idea of themselves reading fiction.


Alicia Kenworthy
Writer, big fan of apéricubes ✨