Robert Aquinas McNally is a nonfiction writer and poet who seeks out stories about the connection — sometimes mythic, sometimes scientific, and sometimes both — between the human and the wild.

His most recent work, the narrative-nonfiction The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America's Gilded Age, tells a long-overlooked story that illuminates a dark corner of the American psyche. This conflict, which took place in 1872–73 and was California’s only full-blown Indian war, climaxed a decades-long campaign of extermination and removal that symbolizes all too much of European America's treatment of Native America and the continent. The book will be published under the University of Nebraska Press's Bison Books trade imprint in November 2017 and is available now for pre-order.