CNF: On the Edge

by Casey Cromwell

[Editor’s Note: Click on the triptych below—and then click on it again in its new window—to view it at full size.]

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Casey Cromwell has published poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in PLNU’s Literary Magazine, winning first place for creative nonfiction during her freshman and junior years. She also writes a successful blog (caseythecollegeceliac.blogspot.com), has guest posted for Further Food and San Diego Writers, Ink and has published pieces in Eunoia Review and Down in the Dirt Magazine. She is currently a senior writing major at Point Loma Nazarene University.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “On the Edge”?

A fun fact about “On the Edge” is that I actually started writing it while riding a stationary bike in my college gym! I thought of the last line first, particularly through the lens of the recent breakup between my boyfriend and I. Once I connected my breakup with my grandfather’s passing freshman year, I knew that I could use my college’s setting – the cliffs – to weave these two losses together. I didn’t originally intend to use a triptych form, but the more I played with it, the more I realized that the facts added another layer of meaning to the piece. Not too shabby for writing that I first typed out on my phone!


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.


08/19 • Nick Ackerson
08/21 • Tyler Friend
08/22 • Nance Van Winckel (7 of 8)
08/26 • Suzanne Verrall
08/28 • Amelia Wright
08/29 • Nance Van Winckel (8 of 8)
09/02 • Kim Peter Kovac
09/04 • Ugonna-Ora Owoh
09/05 • Richard Baldasty (1 of 4)
09/07 • Briel Felton
09/12 • Richard Baldasty (2 of 4)
09/14 • Frances Badgett
09/19 • Richard Baldasty (3 of 4)
09/26 • Richard Baldasty (4 of 4)
10/03 • J.I. Kleinberg
12/02 • Tara Campbell