Final Words: Reflections of a Forensic Pathologist

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Mary Jumbelic is an author from Central New York, and former chief medical examiner of Onondaga County. Performing thousands of autopsies in her career, she elaborates a strong voice for the deceased. She explores through creative non-fiction the imprint the dead have made on her humanity.

She has published with Rutgers University Press, Tortoise and Finch, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Vine Leaves Press, GFT Press, Women on Writing, Jelly Bucket, The Closed Eye Open, Prometheus Dreaming, Grapple Alley, Change Seven, Dreamers Creative Writing, Hektoen, Sterling Clack Clack, Free Spirit, Griffel, Unleash Press, Humans of the World, the Write Launch, Multiplicity, Ninetenths, Waking Up, Moss Piglet, Central Texas Writer’s Society, Blood & Bourbon, Blood and Thunder, Months to Years, and Unlimited Literature.

In 2014, her piece was selected for the top ten in the AARP/Huffington Post Memoir Writing Contest. In 2021, another was chosen in the top ten for the Tucson Literary Festival and a different story nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Mary Jumbelic Biography

She teaches online courses on writing for the Downtown Writer’s Center of Syracuse and is an Assistant Editor for Stone Canoe. As an expert witness, she has appeared on numerous national broadcasts, most recently Dateline and 48 hours. A full list of publications can be found at, Literary Publications. She can be reached at