Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Eleven
Summer 2006
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Magdalena Alagna
Magdalena is a recovering curmudgeon, an aspiring belly dancer, a tarot reader, and a peasant cook, who can perform a hip shimmy while flipping a frittata. Her work has appeared most recently in DMQ Review and Gargoyle.

Robyn Alter
Robyn is 24 years old. Born and raised in NY. Now living in Philadelphia, PA. Working on an M.A. in psychology at Chestnut Hill College. She and her husband share a house with three parrots.

David Blaine
On April 12, 1955 David was born in a pizza patch in the Bronx, New York. When he was young, Mafia hoods roughed him up and stole his middle name. His parents moved him to rural Michigan when he was 3. Dave still resides there, living and working with his wife, children and cat. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from his grandfather’s alma mater, Whasamata U. His poems and prose have appeared in anthologies, literary journals, newspapers and magazines. David says he could live off his writing, as long as someone else would pay his bills.
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Chris Crittenden
Chris lives in the easternmost town in the US, which feels like a time bubble stuck somewhere around 1955 yet doomed to pop. He continues to work very hard at poetry. 2006 has been a good year so far, with acceptances from The Blind Man’s Rainbow, Main Street Rag, The Iconoclast and Cider Press Review, among others. His rejections stack up into a vertiginous Tower of Babel, threatening to topple and crush his paltry ego.

Penny Dyer
Penny is the recipient of the 2006 Louisiana Literature Prize for Poetry. Other work appears in Original Sin: The Seven Deadlies Comes Home to Roost, Poems Niederngasse, BackHome, SouthLit, Rosebud and various anthologies. She is contributing writer to Chattanooga's Pulse, an alternative newsweekly. She stays busy inventing new words when she can't find ones she wants. Meanwhile, she hopes her poetry manuscript, Murder Hill, and her novel, Salt in the Wound, enjoy traveling the country as much as she would if they actually found publishers.

Emily East
Every Wednesday, Emily feels old. In her next life, she will carry a phaser. She eats cake mix, dry, out of the box. She occasionally sets up funny obstacles for her fat, blind cat. She likes to gamble with acrylic colors in the basement. Sometimes she glues fake hair to her real hair. Sometimes she loses her real hair trying to get the fake hair out. She is married with children. When she grows up, she's going to be a high school English teacher. Right now, she is assistant teaching a poetry workshop at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.

Amber Flaiz
Amber is a self-deprecating realist who enjoys capitalizing on the delicious upswing of fortune (of which, at the moment, there is little to be had). She flatters herself with a self-appointed title (musician) and expends a great deal of energy with the latest endeavor- mAd eLEpHaNt records. In the small amounts of spare time that appear, Amber pursues unavailable (emotionally and/or legally) men and enjoys exposing the absurdity of her own intentions.

Anne Heide
Anne edits CAB/NET Magazine out of Denver. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in LVNG, 26, and Small Town, among others.

Ted Lardner
Ted Lardner is not a holograph, but when Melissa was telling Helen about the man who walked through a wall, except he got part way through the wall then lost his belief that he could walk through walls, so he got stuck, and Melissa said, "and I laughed out loud, then I looked around and no one else was laughing, they were serious," and Helen and Melissa started laughing, hard, like people laugh for relief from intense inner pressure, Ted felt like a holograph, hollow, full of bee-buzz, and it felt good, and he laughed, too. Then everybody was laughing, even the molecules of the walls were laughing, even the sad molecules; they laughed hardest of all.

Luke C Schlueter
Luke lives in Northern California where he has discovered his extensive literary education to be rather unhelpful in his attempts to profitably raise his three children. He wrote a dissertation on the poetry of Gary Snyder and Wendell Berry at Kent State University and has been re-writing, and re-writing, and re-writing further still a book version that he hopes to see in print before the memories of these two fine poets are forgotten. Luke has also seen his poetry published in literary journals slightly more staid than Arsenic Lobster, and is quite pleased to demonstrate here the more adventurous side of his poetic acumen.

Amy Seigel
Amy likes to think of herself as a cowgirl poet in suburbia, and has spent most of her adult life in pursuit of clear rivers, high summits, and the world's most useless academic degrees. Raised in the great western towns of Albuquerque and Denver, Amy studied English and Film at Colorado College, and is now completing her M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Utah. Her work has appeared in Vanguard, the literary journal of the University of Queensland, Australia, and The Denver Quarterly.

Jack Zall
Jack lives in Portland, Maine. His work has been previously published (under the name Jacob Meyer) in Rhino and Words & Images. He holds a diploma from the Maine School of Science and Mathematics that he won off a friend in a drunken bet.

Mark DeMuro
Mark has exhibited with Gracie Mansion Gallery, Germans Van Eck, P.B. Van Voorst Van Beest, Nohra Haime, Annina Nosei, Barbara Braathen, M-13, COLAB, River Gallery, Fine Art & Artists, Seventeenth Street Gallery, and others, in New York, The Hague, Zurich, Los Angeles, Chicago, Southampton, Miami and Washington DC.

His work has been featured in Figaro Japan: “New York’s Hottest Young Artists”; L’Art Vivant, Paris; The Washington Times; and Bomb Art Quarterly. He received the Dean’s Purchase Award from the University of Miami, the Ludwig K. Vogelstein Foundation Grant for Painting, and a Dow Material grant.

Mark lives and works in New York City. He is a co-founder and director of The Beaux Arts Foundation and The Downtown Arts Club.

In addition to making art, he has over twenty years experience working as a private art dealer, curator, and consultant. He has advised collectors, dealers, galleries, and corporations on building collections and making acquisitions of Modern and Contemporary art.

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