Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Thirty-five
Summer 2014
Paul David Adkins
Paul lives in New York and works as a counselor.

Heather Bell
Heather's work has been published in Rattle, Grasslimb, Barnwood, Poets/Artists, Red Fez, Ampersand and many others. She was nominated for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Pushcart Prize from Rattle and also won the New Letters 2009 Poetry Prize. She has also published four books. More information can be found at

M.K. Brake
M.K. is an experimental poet exploring the fantastical. Her work blends body and landscape and interrogates those intersections of bone and rock via formally ecstatic and at times chaotic visual rendering. She is a winner of the 2013 Anselle M. Larson Prize. Forever a southerner consumed by wanderlust, she is originally from Atlanta and currently resides in Baton Rouge—but she frequently visits her life partner, New Orleans.

Amber Rose Crowtree
Amber has written poems for three decades now, and forever. Discovering Richard Brautigan’s writings in high school inspired many of her early poems, such as this one. Amber is also a surrealist painter, so adores the news of Lorca and Dali’s communion. When her words lack interpretation of what intuition attempts, she picks up her paintbrush, never prepared for the outcome from her sub-mind. Her poems have appeared in Willow Review, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, North American Review, and others and she exhibits/sells her paintings from time-to-time. She grew up on the Maine coast where one of her brothers is a Lobsterman—the fishing-of kind. She currently lives in Grafton, New Hampshire.

Emari DiGiorgio
Emari makes a mean arugula quesadilla and has split-boarded the Tasman Glacier. She is Associate Professor of Writing at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Poet-in-the-Schools through the New Jersey State Arts Council and the Dodge Poetry Foundation. Her poetry manuscript The Things a Body Might Become was a finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and Open Competition and the Black Lawrence Press St. Lawrence Book Award.

Ricky Garni
Ricky is a graphic designer and writer living in Carrboro, NC. His nicknames have included but are not limited to: Cutesy, Icky, Stumpy, and Banjo Billy. And although he hears Cutesy, Icky and Stumpy, he only answers to Banjo Billy, because it is a warm and pleasing moniker. His pen name is a really clever combo between a pasta that is often served al dente, and an obscure Italian barbershop in Liverpool, England, home of the mop tops. His work can be found in Labletter, Elimae, Abjective and here:

Amorak Huey
Amorak, a former newspaper editor and reporter, now lives in Michigan and teaches writing to college students. His book Ha Ha Ha Thump is forthcoming from Sundress Publications, and his chapbook The Insomniac Circus is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press. Follow him on Twitter for all sorts of nonsense: @amorak.

Sunshine LeMontree
Gemini Tiger. Coffee enthusiast. Native Californian. Sunshine is a graduate of The New School’s MFA Writing Program, with work previously appearing in PANK, Weave Magazine, and Eclectica, among others. Now based in Chicago, she spends her time working on a series of young adult novels, tinkering with animal and apocalypse poems, and taking pictures of her aggressively affectionate ginger tabby.

Shay Lessman
Shay is a poet hailing from the village of Shannon in the northwest corner of Illinois. His work has most recently appeared in The Legendary, The Hydeout, and The Screech Owl. He is currently working on a chapbook length project called The Birds And The Bees and a full length manuscript titled Syndication.

Casey Nichols
The inflections in Casey’s voice often rise up in a question but end in a period. Casey is sick of her own excuses. She wonders if it’s possible to eat underwater. She wants to meet those children who claim to remember other mothers and fathers and who bump into past lives at night when they dream. In the daylight, Casey drags the land around to help things grow. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University. She lives and writes in Kent, Ohio on the Cuyahoga River.

M.E. Riley
M.E. drinks in the Bywater, dances in the Marigny, and sleeps on the racetrack. She is Assistant Poetry Editor for Bayou Magazine. Work has most recently appeared in Deep South Magazine, Bop Dead City, Quaint Magazine, similar:peaks::, The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, The Feminist Wire, and Ghost Ocean Magazine.

Elisabeth Workman
Elisabeth is the author of numerous chapbooks, including Opolis (Dusie), with Michael Sikkema, Terrorsim Is What Whale (Grey Book Press), and ANY RIP A THRESHOLD (Shirt Pocket Press). Her first full-length collection of poetry, Ultramegaprairieland, is available from Bloof Books. She lives in Minneapolis with the designer Erik Brandt, their daughter, a new puppy named Finn, and two cats who will never forgive them.

Michelle Milano
Michelle was born in New Jersey in 1973, and has remained there. She is a self taught artist of 25 years and is now listed, as well as being a published photographer. Some of her works can also be found under her alias “Rosespetal”.

Michelle is known mostly in the art world for her whimsical Weimaraner, Poodle, cat and martini paintings as well as her large 4 to 5 foot floral or abstract murals. Many of her abstract paintings portray subjects with large eyes, elongated neck and arms in a surrealistic setting. After reaching her 1000th painting, she began picking up the camera alongside the paintbrush, and began to focus on photography.

Her photography has been published in magazines, books and displayed on merchandise throughout the world. She is best known for her nature and animal photography although the subject matter spans even farther within her portfolio which can be viewed at .

Michelle also creates hand sculpted fairy orbs, each one of a kind fairies within a glass ball, signed and numbered in limited editions. She enjoys the intricate detail as well as working on three-dimensional pieces. She has created them for over ten years and continues to make them for only a few months per year.

You can follow her on Facebook: Abstractions By Michelle, Twitter: @StockPrints, and Instagram: Rosespetal12.