Catatonic Daughters is a new digital literary magazine. We aim to publish writing that disturbs and disrupts the literary canon with a particular focus on writing from or about subversive women. Our name encapsulates some of the ideas that we’d love to see captured in writing; ideas of abnormality & disruption, relationships with tradition & their decay, being a product of your environment & subverting that influence.

Catatonia (noun): abnormality of movement and behaviour arising from a disturbed mental state. It may involve repetitive or purposeless overactivity, or catalepsy, resistance to passive movement, and negativism; a state of immobility and stupor.

Daughter (noun): A girl or woman in relation to either or both of her parents; a nuclide formed by the radioactive decay of another.

Editorial Board

Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Ríbh Brownlee

Ríbh Brownlee (she/her) is a bookseller, small-press-intern and MA Publishing student at UCL. Originally from Belfast, Catatonic Daughters is the second literary magazine she’s helped set up after acting as one of many co-founders and co-editors of the print magazine The Apiary at Queen’s University. You can find her @ribhbrownlee on Twitter and Instagram.

Poetry Reader
Jessica Heron

Jessica Heron (she/her) is a New Jersey-based poet and MFA candidate at Cedar Crest College. There is something strange about her that is whispered behind her back. She hears it and quietly nods. Jessica’s work is featured/forthcoming in Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine, The Horror Zine, Hole in the Head Review, and others. Her social media is a ghost town @signature_trash.

Poetry Reader
Tiegan Johnston

Tiegan Johnston (she/her) is from a small seaside town in County Down and is currently studying for her MA in Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Beginning the course as a critic, she quickly transitioned to writing her own poetry that has a focus on the body, gender, fruit, memory, trauma and the oddities of human interaction. She has recently been published in Ripe Literary Journal. You can find her on Instagram: @tieganljohnston

Fiction Reader
Aoife Finnegan

Aoife Finnegan (she/her) is a writer and poet from Ireland, now living in The Netherlands. Her writing explores themes of memory, identity, and what it is to be a woman in the world today. She can be found occasionally tweeting at @finnegan_aoife.

Fiction Reader
Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin (she/her) is a writer/actress. She has an MA in Psychoanalysis from Trinity College Dublin and is currently composing research on ‘The Voyeuristic Nature of True Crime Documentaries.’ She is an avid reader and a lover of Strange Women both on and off the page.

CNF Reader
Elaina Battista-Parsons

Elaina Battista-Parsons (she/her) is a writer across genres. Italian Bones in the Snow will be released 2/22/22 through Vine Leaves Press. Her YA novel, Black Licorice is with Inked in Gray Press. Elaina loves music and winter. You can find her on Instagram as @Winterwriter77.

CNF Reader
Ruth Niemiec

Ruth Niemiec (she/her) is a writer and editor of non-fiction, fiction and poetry in English and Polish. Her work can be found on/in Dumbo Feather (aus), Mamamia (aus), Neon Literary Magazine (uk), Coffee People (us), Parliament (us) and Rhodora (in). Ruth is also a love and relationships columnist for Perfumed Pages Magazine. You can find her at ruthniemiec.com or @lettherebechipotle on Instagram.

Catatonic Daughters was founded in 2021.