My Brother Speaks:

“That’s the Way We’re Going to Survive”

by Catina Bacote

BWR 49.2 Nonfiction Contest Runner-Up

Catina Bacote is a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, and the award supports her first book project, Eastern Circle, which chronicles the lasting impact of the illegal drug trade on families and communities. Her essays have appeared in the anthology This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, Ploughshares, Tin House, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Kweli, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, The Common, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the American Association of University Women, Hedgebrook, Headlands Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, MacDowell, and Ragdale, where she received the Alice Judson Hayes Social Justice Fellowship. Bacote holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was a Dean’s Research Fellow and subsequently served as the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Trinity College.