Jenny Boully is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in general nonfiction. She is the author of Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life (Coffee House Press, 2018), The Book of Beginnings and Endings: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2007), The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2002), and other books. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her recent work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Bennington Review, and TheIowa Review. “I Want This to Be True” is from a forthcoming collection, I Want This to Be True: Essays on Existence & the Afterlife.