“Even if one does not know the history, one feels the presence of the past.” ~Peter Balakian “You have to beat the egg,” my grandmother said while cracking shells over a mixing bowl. “Beat the egg?” my sister asked, her little brows nearly colliding. “But I don’t want to hurt it!” My grandmother laughed. Covered […]
About Caitlin McGill
Caitlin McGill is a 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, Iron Horse, Vox, War, Literature, & the Arts, and several other magazines. She teaches at Emerson College and leads creative writing workshops at The St. Francis House, the largest day shelter in Massachusetts. Currently, she is working on a memoir about her family's hidden past, intergenerational trauma, inherited survival mechanisms, immigration, race, class, addiction, and the cost of ignoring our histories. One essay from her book was named a Notable in The Best American Essays 2016. For more information, follow Caitlin on Twitter @caitlindmcgill or visit her website.