Cover Photo: An illustration of a man and a woman, seen from behind, as they look out onto the water. The man is wearing a plaid shirt and a cowboy hat; the woman has long hair and is wearing a tank top. The image is rendered in red, purple, and yellow tones as if to evoke a vivid sunset.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Pages from Before

Three days, our people had agreed: a real, old-school, ‘Rolling Stone’–style profile.

I don’t know about you but I say it’s too fucking hot for that BS, let’s get you a drink and oh I guess I’ll have one too.

Rolling Stone

I don’t suppose we’ll ever get over our lust for northern blood

Northern what, now? Put your Civil War away; I’m from ManitobaManitoba Manitoba!real sweet

About a dayAbout a day

Well, no wonder then Well, no wonder then

real, tall, untamed things, with pure-green leaves and sweet sap, and sun rays fighting to slip between them

meTurnabout’s fair play, I guess Something like that.

You sound like a songwriter Got meGot me

Molia Dumbleton's fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from Ecotone, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Best Small Fictions, and elsewhere. Her work has been awarded the Seán Ó Faoláin Story Prize (Ireland) and Columbia Journal Winter Fiction Award, among others, and her collection has been a finalist for the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize, and Iowa Short Fiction Award. She's an Assistant Fiction Editor for Split Lip Magazine and a member of the Curatorial Board at Ragdale. She teaches creative writing at DePaul University.