Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Eighteen
Winter 2008
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About Us
Susan Yount, Editor and Publisher
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!). Recently moved, she and her husband built a home on the south side of Chicago with a view of the Sears Tower. In the middle of the upheaval she found time to give birth to a bouncy baby boy! She is the Editor and Publisher of Arsenic Lobster and works (for pay!) at the Associated Press. Having begun graduate studies in poetry at Columbia College in Chicago, she now balances her studies with work, her new home and her delightful baby. 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.

Lissa Kiernan, Poetry Editor
Lissa grew up in Athol, Massachusetts, home to the L.S. Starrett and Union Twist Drill tool factories. "Tooltown" also claimed the highest statewide rate of unwed, teenage pregnancies. Wisely, her mother taught Lissa and her two sisters to play the piano just as soon as their wee fingers could reach the keys. When she was ten, her father moved everyone to Nashville, Tennessee so that he could finish his doctorate in early childhood psychology. She fondly recalls being his test subject. At the University of Michigan, she played the flute relentlessly in white-walled isolation booths. She attempted to recuperate in Paris, France. Eventually, she earned her Bachelor's degree in English from UMass/Amherst, and her Master's in Media Arts from The New School for Social Research. She currently works as a freelance Web developer and writer. Nineteen years ago, her would-be husband, Chris, produced a Starrett micrometer caliper from his toolbox as proof of their undying destiny. They live in a century-old townhouse in Brooklyn, which they are forever fixing up. In between projects, she reads and writes poems.

Clarissa Jakobsons, Associate Editor
A former art professor remarked that Clarissa's sketchbooks look more like poetry than paintings. Who would have guessed this observation accurately predicted her present direction? Over fifteen years of public school teaching and parenting are being put to good use as associate editor of the Arsenic Lobster magazine and first place winner of the Akron Art Museum 2005 New Words Competition. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including Wicked Alice, The Cleveland Anthology of Poets, Deep Cleveland Press, 2005; DreamSeeker Magazine, Literary Mama, WAH, Twin Crane Press as well as others. Her first book, A Poet Traveling Incognito published by New Kiev Publications, ISBN 1-881786-45-5, is available at City Lights, San Francisco; Black Oak Books, Oakland; and Loganberry Books, Cleveland. Currently, she substitutes in the public schools, teaches Art and Creative Writing at a local community art center, and elders at a local community college. She compiled Our Nature, a 22-page anthology of children's art and poems by Misty Publication. Don't be surprised if you see Clarissa kicking sandcastles and painting Provincetown dunes, climbing the majestic Berkeley cliffs, or reading from her new book at Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France.

Katherine Blackbird, Associate Editor
Katherine Blackbird teaches poetry and creative writing at Kent State University.

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. Divorced, he is now retired and living in the Chicago area. Much of his time is spent managing his 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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