Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Fifteen
Winter 2007
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Jon Boulier
Jon is a 25 year old writer who feels both too old and too young to be 25. His room contains a bookshelf made of stacked books, a fish in green water (he's happy), and old poetry stuffed into a drawer that he refuses to open, lest his eyes burn and his heart fall out.

Claudia Burbank
Over the past few years Claudia has successfully managed to be rejected by every major and most minor publications in the United States. Unfortunately, her perfect record has been ruined by Arsenic Lobster. Obviously not one to recognize defeat, and possibly demented, she persists in writing horrific trash to keep editors employed. For some reason the State of New Jersey awarded her a fellowship, and some nut nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. Then Alice Quinn, perhaps temporarily insane, awarded Ms. Burbank the 10th Annual Inkwell Poetry Award. This must stop.

Carina Gia Farrero
Carina is a lecturer at the University of Flensburg, Germany. She is a poet and performer and received her MFAW from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was once part of the tiniest circus in the world.

Laura Hirneisen
Laura’s singular pursuit in life is to produce such beautifully crafted prose that she is able to convince people to shave their eyebrows, worship plastic lawn ornaments as their god, and move to Hoboken, New Jersey, where they will live in shopping carts. As a former Corporate America drone, she now spends her time writing poetry and fiction and honing the fine art of misanthropy. Her recent writing is forthcoming in Blueline and 2River View. In the future, she hopes to run off with a French carnie named Pierre who chain smokes and habitually misplaces his glass eye.

Sari Krosinsky
Sari Krosinsky was last seen in the first circle of hell claiming to be the seventh great poet. Dante says if anyone finds her, tell her he wants his toothbrush back.

Richard Loveland
Richard was born and raised in upstate New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.

Kyle McCord
Kyle is a large frightening monster who lives in a cave near King Hrothgar's castle. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia: a Journal of Art and Literature, DIAGRAM!, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. He feels very much alone but can't relate to man since he can't stop himself from eating them. Additionally, he studies at the MFA program at UMass-Amherst.

Barton Smock
Barton is 31 years old, 3-kids, 2-jobs, 1-wife. He currently excels at data entry, and at the subsequent deletion of said data. He collects his mother and father and trades them, back and forth, with his brothers. He likes the rookie cards of each the best…his mother’s displays a fork alone on a plate, his father’s an off yellow dishwasher with his name scrawled into it by something with prongs. Anything happy, sexy, and first is okay by him.

Lance Stemen
still in the dregs of subjugation, and involuntary world travel, seeing the world on uncle sam's nickel, bulgaria, afghanistan, germany, pakistan, barthes, levi-strauss, autechre, and one thing Lance knows... when you are freezing in the middle of the night, there is no god, and when a girl walks by you in the street, there is no devil.

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub
Yermiyahu is the author of The Insatiable Psalm: Poems. His Yiddish and English language poems, one of which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in numerous publications, including The Adirondack Review, Eclectica Magazine, Five Fingers Review, Free Verse, Lily, Prairie Schooner, Tsukunft, and Yugntruf. He was recently honored as one of New York's best emerging Jewish artists by the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Kim Rody
Kim is a native Floridian. Born in Hialeah and raised in Miami Shores, she has been swimming with fish for as long as she can remember. Kim became a divemaster in the late eighties, assisting hundreds of SCUBA students who have remarked “she acts differently underwater”. She has degrees from Furman University and Texas A&M University. Since enrolling in her first painting class in high school, Kim has continued painting over the past two decades. After being land-locked in Texas for 21 years, she moved “back home” in 2002 to new studio digs in Stuart, Florida where she brings fish to life with exciting color, texture and design. Living in South Florida not only provides fresh material and subjects for her paintings, but also allows easy commuting to the Caribbean Islands where there is a large demand for her work. For a full list of her Exhibits, Awards and Shows, visit her website at

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