Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Forty-one
Summer 2016
Lydia Armstrong
Lydia lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her two cats Birdie and Mabel. She collects bugs, drinks white tea and tequila blanco, and has been trying to finish a novel for eight years. Her work has been featured in Crack the Spine, Apt, Blotterature, Axe Factory Press, and others. You can follow her on Instagram @cr0ssmyfingers.

Lorcán Black
Lorcán is a poet from the Republic of Ireland, now living in London. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Off the Coast Literary Journal, Opiate Magazine, Assaracus, Blue Lyra Review, The Flexible Persona, Devilfish Review, Apogee Journal, Harbinger Asylum & The Chiron Review among others. He is Editor in Chief of Anomaly Literary Journal.

Sarah Carey
When she’s not chasing her crazy 2-year-old black Lab around the house or making University of Florida veterinarians look good at her real job, Sarah is working on her poems. A graduate of the Florida State University creative writing program, her work has appeared in Rattle, The Carolina Quarterly, Portland Review and elsewhere. Her debut poetry chapbook, The Heart Contracts, was published in 2016 (Finishing Line Press). Visit her at

Laura Cesarco Eglin
Laura is a Uruguayan poet and translator. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Llamar al agua por su nombre (Mouthfeel Press, 2010), Sastrería (Yaugurú, 2011), and Los brazos del saguaro (Yaugurú, 2015). She also has two chapbooks: Occasions to Call Miracles Appropriate (Lunamopolis, The Lune, 2015) and Tailor Shop: Threads (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her first book has been published in a bilingual edition, Calling Water by Its Name, translated by Scott Spanbauer (Mouthfeel Press, 2016). Laura is the co-publisher of Veliz Books. Find more at and

Graham Coppin
Graham was born and raised in South Africa. Trained as a mathematician, he moved to the US to further a career in computer engineering but gave all that up in 2006 to pursue a kinder, gentler life as a personal and leadership coach and sometime poet. He lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York.

Jessie Janeshek
Jessie believes in Peter Pan collars, Jean Harlow trance states, and burgundy lipstick. Her second full-length book of poems, The Shaky Phase, is forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press. Her chapbooks are Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press), Rah-Rah Nostalgia (dancing girl press), and Hardscape (Reality Beach, forthcoming). Invisible Mink (Iris Press) is her first full-length collection. Read more of her poetry at or find her in black at your pep rally holding a skull.

Wulf Losee
Wulf lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. His poems and short stories have appeared in journals such as Burningword Literary Journal, Crack the Spine, Forge, FRiGG, Full Moon, The New Guard, The North Coast Literary Review, Oak Square, OxMag, Pennsylvania English, Pirene’s Fountain, Poetalk Magazine, Rio Grande Review, SLAB, and Westview. The two cats that allow Wulf to live with them are also his severest critics. Writing poetry detracts from playtime, petting time, and from feeding them treats—and they regularly show their contempt for his muse by walking nimble-footed across his keyboard.

Matt Nagin
Nothing has any meaning, certainly not Matt’s poems. But Matt embraces this existential void, this spiritual oblivion, this critical mass of emptiness, and continues to write poetry—something he’s been working at, on and off, for 23 years. His poetry has appeared in Antigonish Review, Dash, Grain Magazine, and many more publications you most likely have never encountered. For more info, including links to other published work, please visit

Simon Perchik
Simon’s poetry has appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker and elsewhere.

Stephanie Lane Sutton
Stephanie is the proud owner of a dwarf mastiff. She is a frequent loser of bets but winner of card games. Previously published poems can be found embarrassing themselves in the presence of younger and better looking people. As an amalgamation of pixels, she currently resides at

Meghan Tutolo
Meghan is an artist with some writing degrees and two cats with smooshy faces. She romances olives and pasta for a living. Otherwise, she can be found sleepless, painting, writing, doodling, grading, playing music (horribly), and coffee drinking. Meghan’s publications include everything from pasta sauce labels to magazine ads to poems. Her first chapbook Little As Living (2014) was published by Dancing Girl Press.

Jessica L. Walsh
Jessica is a poet and professor at a community college outside of Chicago. She is the author of How to Break My Neck as well as a couple of chapbooks. Her husband is more than a little intrigued by the legendary Skunk Ape of the Everglades. Her nine-year-old daughter wants to know why she wasn’t mentioned in this bio.

Kelsey Dean
Kelsey is an artist based in Michigan (although sometimes she lives in other places, like South Korea and Italy). Her artwork has a tendency to be bright and whimsical, and can be found in several publications, including Weave Magazine, 3Elements Review, Glint Literary Journal, and Neutrons Protons. She is resigned to merely painting sea life for now, since her attempts to actually become a mermaid have been unsuccessful. If you’d like to see more of her work, check out her instagram profile and this page: