Caitlin McGill is a 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award winner and Bread Loaf Writers’ conference scholarship recipient. She was also the 2014 winner of the Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award. Her essays and flash fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Gravel, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Southeast Review, Vox, and several other magazines. Currently, she is working on a memoir about her family’s hidden past, intergenerational trauma, inherited survival mechanisms, immigration, race, class, addiction, mental illness, war, and the danger of ignoring those very issues. Throughout this pilgrimage to exhume her identity, she grapples with the cost of ignoring our pasts–of ignoring history itself. One essay from her book was named a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016.