Issue 220 Contributors

Meet the contributors of upcoming Issue 220

N.D. Coley
N.D. Coley currently serves as an instructor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Community College of Allegheny County, and the University of Phoenix. In his spare time, he laments the human condition, reads satire and dark, depressing literature, plays with his son, irritates is wife, and tries to keep a smile on his face. His work has recently appeared in Near to the Knuckle, Deadlights Horror Fiction Magazine, the Indiana Voice Journal, Corner Bar Magazine, Massacre Magazine, and Funny in Five Hundred.

Michele Lombardo
Michele Lombardo is a Pennsylvania-based writer of fiction and screenplays, as well as Co-Founder of the writing series Write Now Lancaster. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Philadelphia Stories, Permafrost Magazine, Youth Imagination Magazine, The Journal of Crime, Law and Social Change, and others. She is a graduate of UCR Palm Desert’s MFA Program. Learn more at or follow her at @michele_lomb.

John F. Buckley
After twenty years in and around California, John F. Buckley once again lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife. His publications include various poems, two chapbooks, the collection Sky Sandwiches, and with Martin Ott, Poets’ Guide to America and Yankee Broadcast Network. His website is

C.J. Trotter
C.J. Trotter is a teacher of internationals as well as a writer living in New York City. She has published “Punch” in Following, a short story anthology, and studied with Pushcart Prize winner Alex Mindt and novelist Teddy Wayne.

Jules Gates
Jules Gates is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Angelo State University, where she is the director of the English Education program, and has worked with colleagues since 2002 on the annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton, conducting the conference interview with Terrance Hayes in 2009, and chairing the conference for 2 years when Mary Karr (2010) and Art Spiegelman (2011) were the featured writers. She is the faculty sponsor of Oasis, ASU’s student art and literary magazine. Dr. Gates has published poetry in Amarillo Bay, Blue Bonnet Review, Carcinogenic Poetry, Concho River Review, Voices de la Luna, Visions with Voices, and Red River Review. She has presented poetry and creative nonfiction at the South Central Modern Language Association Conference, the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference, and the Langdon Review Weekend.

David S. Rubenstein
David S. Rubenstein is an American writer, photographer, and painter. His short stories have appeared in Blood and Thunder, Yellow Medicine Review, Chrysalis Reader (five stories), The MacGuffin (two stories), Owen Wister Review, DeathRealm, The Monocacy Valley Review, Half Tones to Jubilee, The Rampant Guinea Pig, The Mythic Circle, Alpha Adventures, Still Point Arts Quarterly, and others, and have been nominated twice for the Pushcart prize. His photographs have appeared in Chrysalis Reader, Midwest Gothic, and others. 

Jessamine Price
Jessamine has an MFA in creative writing from American University, where she was the prose editor of Folio. She also has an M.Phil. in economic and social history from Oxford. Jessamine’s essays have appeared most recently in Hunger Mountain and an anthology from Creative Nonfiction. She was also a three-night champion on Jeopardy! in 2012.

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