Saving Butterfly McQueen by Megan Mayhew Bergman

A medical student reflects on her encounter with American actress Butterfly McQueen.
Megan Mayhew Bergman is a journalist, essayist and critic. She has written columns on climate change and the natural world for The Guardian and The Paris Review.  Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Ploughshares, Oxford American, Orion and elsewhere.  Her short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2011 and 2015, and on NPR's Selected Shorts.  She was awarded the Phil Reed Environmental Writing Award for Journalism in 2020.  Find out more at