Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Thirty-eight
Summer 2015
Annie Baldwin
Annie is a queer feminist artist and writer living in Chicago. She studies environmental science and film at DePaul University and spends her time as a late night radio show host, a film photographer, & a spoken word poet hitting open mics all around the city. She has recently been a featured artist for the Chicago Wildsounds Project. She has just finished her first chapbook entitled "Skin" and her first short film entitled "Blaze." She will be working on her next creative endeavors all summer in coffee shops and in nature where she is inspired most. View more of her work at

Alejandro Escudé
Alejandro’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. When he’s not writing, Alejandro can be found photographing birds in California’s mountain trails and parks. Find more at

Richard Helmling
Richard is a teacher and writer living and working in El Paso, Texas. His mental flotsam and jetsam can be found at

Katie Hogan
Katie holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire, and lives near the New Hampshire seacoast. When she isn’t writing, you can find her obsessively searching for ruby red sea glass, absently pulling up blades of grass, or raptly watching period dramas on Netflix. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ragazine, Pure Francis, The Light Ekphrastic, CRATE Magazine, Damselfly Press, So To Speak, and Paper Nautilus.

Courtney Elizabeth Justus
Courtney is a native of Houston, Texas, but has also lived outside the country in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her plays “Grandma Rosie’s Ferret” and “The Price We Pay” were performed at Trinity University in March and May of 2015, respectively. Courtney also loves acting, singing, dancing, cats, chocolate and the color turquoise. She can be reached through her blogs at and

Elaine Nadal
Elaine teaches Spanish, travels, and enjoys line dancing. She hates cheese, but loves pizza, doesn’t eat scrambled eggs unless they’re on Chinese rice or noodles, and laughs at the most inopportune times. For her, writing is a way of making sofrito out of the experiences and varied truths of life. She is not related to Rafael Nadal.

Charlotte Pence
Charlotte’s first poetry collection, Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) explores her father’s chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the physiological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities, and households. A professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Illinois University, she is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). New poetry is forthcoming in Epoch, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review.

Julie Rouse
Julie’s work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, decomP, and Pallaksch. Pallaksch, among others. Her chapbook, Boy, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She recently relocated to Iowa, where she lives with fellow poet, BJ Soloy, and where the climate does a number on her hair.

Maggie Smith
Maggie’s second book of poems, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, won the Dorset Prize and was released in 2015 by Tupelo Press. She is also the author of Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award, and three chapbooks, including the forthcoming Disasterology (Dream Horse Press 2015). Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. A 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Maggie has also received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

Ian C. Williams
Ian is a poet often caught wearing coffee, drinking tweed, and confusing common verbs. He currently lives in West Virginia with his wife, their dog, and their two cats.

K. A. Wisniewski
K. A. is the personal trainer to a very lazy cat, but he has yet to get paid for his efforts. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines and journals, including the Chiron Review, Genre, basalt, Sierra Nevada Review, CAIRN, the Chariton Review, Toad Suck, and the Blue Lyra Review. He operates Roving Eye Press and Textshop Experiments and spends most of his time in Baltimore wishing he lived in London.

Theodore Worozbyt
Theodore finds himself unfazed by the latest trend of being one’s self and prefers instead to remain redacted behind a cloud. Untrue to his truest self, he is nonetheless guided by the principle of local sourcing, and strives for freshness and simple flavors enhanced by proper seasoning.

Carol Dickerson
Colorado Springs artist, Carol Dickerson, works in both representational and abstract styles. This painting is one of a series of acrylic paintings inspired by literature. "Tap" responds to Jessy Randall’s poem "Slumber Party at the Aquarium", published in a chapbook of the same title. Read the poem here.