Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Forty-three
April 2017
Sara Barnett
Sara is an award-winning artist in NYC, found in recording booths, on stage, television & film at IMDb.COM, and spread-eagle across a yoga mat. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College, her poetry can also be read this spring with another stellar literary magazine here:

Sarah Blake
Sarah is the author of the forthcoming collection, Let’s Not Live on Earth, and Mr. West (Wesleyan University Press), an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West. An illustrated workbook accompanies her first chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded an NEA fellowship. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.

Melissa Eleftherion
Melissa grew up in Brooklyn. She is the author of huminsect​​, prism maps​​, Pigtail Duty​, the leaves the leaves​​, green glass asterisms​​, and several other chapbooks. Her first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography, is due out from H_NGM_N​ Books in spring 2017​. ​Recent work is forthcoming in Dusie, Glass, inter|rupture, Italian-Americana Review, and Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel. ​Founder of the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange, Melissa lives in Mendocino County where she works as a Teen Librarian, teaches creative writing, & curates the LOBA Reading Series at the Ukiah Library. More of her work can be found at

Alicia Elkort
Alicia edited and contributed to the chapbook Creekside, published under the Berkeley Poetry Review where she also served as an editor. Her poetry was featured in the Ishaan Literary Review and has been published in many others including Elsewhere Lit, Menacing Hedge, Red Paint Hill Press, Stirring: A Literary Collection and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She was named finalist in the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Book Prize in 2015 and her poem Dirt was nominated for the 2016 Orisons Anthology. She drinks tea every morning in California and is currently producing a documentary on the global traditions of prayer… when not writing poetry by the palm trees.

Chloe Hanson
Chloe Hanson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, where she occasionally writes poems in between episodes of Dexter. Her work has most recently been featured in Public Pool and Crab Fat Literary Magazine. She enjoys expensive beer, cheap wine, and forcing her dog, Simon, to wear homemade costumes.

Bruce McRae
Bruce is a Canadian musician who enjoys talking about himself in the third person. His band, Thee Caretakers, have yet to enjoy global dominion, but they will, oh they will. He lives on an island in the Pacific, the cold grey part of the Pacific, but resided in London for 20 years. Using only the powers of the mind he’s had four books published, the latest, Like As If, is available on Amazon. You should buy it. He’d like that.

F. Daniel Rzicznek
F. Daniel Rzicznek writes his poems from Bowling Green, Ohio, in the heart of the now-drained Great Black Swamp. When it rains enough, the Swamp returns and attempts to eat F. Daniel Rzicznek’s unattached garage from the foundation up. Local rumormongers inform him that severe allergies and unexplained illnesses in the area result from large amounts of prehistoric rat feces in the soil and air. Despite this, he is the author of two books of poetry, Neck of the World and Divination Machine, as well as several chapbooks. He has fresh poetry forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, TYPO, Sou’wester, BODY, and The Adroit Journal.

Darcy Smith
Darcy is a sign language interpreter, a poet, a Buddhist and a kick boxer. Her latest obsession is executing a seven punch three kick combination with perfect form.

Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
Mehrnoosh is an Oscar the Grouch apologist and a sampler of limited edition Oreos. She is the poetry editor for Noble / Gas Qtrly and does a dead-on impression of Britney Spears. She worships space and has published poems in The Missing Slate, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and Painted Bride Quarterly among others. She lives in New York where she practices matrimonial law and trims her own bangs.

Allen Forrest
Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.