CNF: Histories I do not Belong to X

by Gwendolyn Edward

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Gwendolyn Edward writes nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Her work has been accepted by Crab Orchard Review, Bourbon Penn, Crack the Spine, and others. She retains a MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas where she worked with American Literary Review, and she is currently pursuing a MFA at Bennington. She works with Fifth Wednesday Journal as an assistant non-fiction editor and also teaches Creative Writing.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Histories I do not Belong to X”?

    The “Histories I do not Belong to” series came about after I stopped defining nonfiction by what it is, and rather started defining nonfiction by what it could be. This lead to a lot of questioning regarding how we convey truth and what truth really is; namely, that words are faulty in their ability to fully communicate meaning because there seems to be paradox inherently embedding in the English language: we use words to communicate but are often lacking understanding of the words themselves. In writing “Histories I do not Belong to X,” I obsessed over word meaning and how for most of my life I’ve been rather lax in understanding exactly what’s been communicated to me and how I communicate to others. In addition to the narrative about wishful thinking and heartbreak, there’s the understanding that when I begin to truly begin to question what language is used to analyze events and emotion, I can begin to scratch the surface of truth; the realizations evolve from preciseness, or an effort to achieve it.

Congrats to Christopher Allen for having a work from HOUSEHOLD TOXINS being chosen to appear in BSF 2019 from Sonder Press.

Check out the write-up of the journal in The Writer.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions is now CLOSED. Check out our new category triptychs! The next submission period opens September 15, 2019; submit here.


09/05 • Richard Baldasty (1 of 4)
09/07 • Briel Felton
09/09 • Chelsea Stickle
09/11 • Jeffrey Spahr-Summers
09/12 • Richard Baldasty (2 of 4)
09/14 • Frances Badgett
09/16 • Sarah Russell
09/18 • Ryan Stone
09/19 • Richard Baldasty (3 of 4)
09/23 • TBD
09/25 • TBD
09/26 • Richard Baldasty (4 of 4)
09/30 • TBD
10/02 • TBD
10/03 • J.I. Kleinberg
10/07 • TBD
10/09 • TBD
10/10 • Lilian McCarthy
12/02 • Tara Campbell