Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Eight
Summer 2005
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About Us
Susan M. Yount, Editor
Susan (aka Sissy) was born and raised on a 164-acre farm in Southern Indiana where she learned to drive a tractor, harvest crops, feed the chickens and hug her beloved goat, Cinnamon. Soon after receiving her BA from Indiana University in Photo-Journalism, she married a physicist and moved to Ohio. While attending Kent State University as a guest graduate, she worked at the largest flour mill in northeast Ohio where she kept those Accounts Receivables up-to-date (no small feat, that!). Not long ago at all, she moved to the South Side of Chicago with a view of the Sears Tower from her front windows. She is the Editor of Arsenic Lobster and works (for pay!) at the Associated Press on Wacker Drive. Only Mimi Mousy Tongue knows what Susan will be doing next and she's not talking. Her poetry has appeared in several print and online magazines including Elixir, Bathtub Gin, Wicked Alice, Verse Daily and The Chaffin Journal. Susan is a 2003 recipient of The Lynda Hull Memorial Scholarship in Poetry.

Clarissa Jakobsons, Associate Editor
A former art professor remarked that Clarissaís sketchbooks look more like poetry than paintings. Who would have guessed this observation accurately predicted her present direction? Finally, over fifteen years of teaching and parenting are being put to good use. She is the first place winner in the Akron Art Museumís New Words 2005 Competition and a notable reader throughout northern Ohio. Her poems have appeared in Cleveland Anthology of Poets, DreamSeeker Magazine, WHA, Epitome, Homeless Grapevine, and Superior Poetry News, among other publications. Clarissa presents creative writing and art courses as well as poetry workshops in the schools. Donít be surprised if you meet her reading poems at Shakespeare and Company, in Paris, or kicking dunes at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Jen Hawkins, Editor Emeritus
Jen Hawkins is founding editor of Arsenic Lobster, a poet, artist, blue girl in a red state. That may or may not mean what you think it means. Jen LOVES Joe with all her bleeding heart.

George Pichowsky, Webmaster
George grew up in California, moving to New York as a teenager. While living in Brooklyn, he helped raise two sons, worked and attended college. As a result of hard work and good luck, his entire forty-year career was spent as a computer programmer on Wall Street which suited his personality very well. Divorced, he is now retired and living in the Chicago area. Much of his time is spent managing his and his ex-wife's finances, fishing and playing online games with friends. Occasionally, he and friends will create small movies on their computers. He owns and maintains the Magere site where Arsenic Lobster lives. Comments about the site (not the poetry) may be sent to him at

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