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!


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

Matter Press recently released titles from Meg Boscov, Abby Frucht, Robert McBrearty, Tori Bond, Kathy Fish, and Christopher Allen. Click here.

Matter Press is now offering private flash fiction workshops and critiques of flash fiction collections here.


Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now closed. The reading period for standard submissions opens again March 15, 2023. Submit here.


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