Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Thirty-nine
Winter 2015
Kelly Lorraine Andrews
Kelly can’t stop telling strangers about her quirks as a pre-teen. For instance, she was obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio and has photos of herself kissing posters of his face tacked to the wall. Now she mostly kisses real-life men, though none are as good looking as Leo. Her poetry has appeared in a number of print and online journals, and her second chapbook, “I Want To Eat So Many Kinds of Cake With You,” is due out in 2016 from Dancing Girl Press.

Jan Ball
Jan collects lobsters, so far four prints, including a download of lobsters riding bicycles during the Sydney Olympics. Her 190 published poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, Connecticut Review, Nimrod and many other journals. Her two chapbooks: accompanying spouse (2011) and Chapter of Faults (2014), were published by Finishing Line Press and are available on Amazon. She is currently learning more about lobster’s fascinating behavior while reading The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson. It turns out that male lobsters fight a lot for dominance. If they lose an eye, another claw might grow out of the eye socket. Hmmm.

Caleb Beissert
Caleb is translator of Beautiful: Translations from the Spanish (New Native Press, 2013), a selection of adaptations of poems by Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca. His poems or translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including International Poetry Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Beatitude: Golden Anniversary, 1959-2009, and Animal Poems (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014). He currently serves as an editor at Redheaded Stepchild. He has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and spent time traveling throughout southern Spain, researching the life and work of García Lorca. He resides in Asheville, North Carolina, where he organizes readings and is working on a book of original poems, as well as a second book of translations.

Emilie Feldenzer
Emilie is a poet, student, and troglodyte at Oberlin College. Her work has appeared in Electric Cereal and moongarlic E-zine. She enjoys going on and making grilled cheese sandwiches in the toaster.

Ted Lardner
Ted has lived every year of his life but one in the company of dogs. (He is not sure, he was a very small baby, but there may have been a canine presence, another’s gaze, over the canyon rim of the cradle.) From where he lives now, from one window, for one month each year he can see the constellation, Canis Major, loping in freeze frames above the tree. Some nights, the sky seems like it is calling. Some nights, the walls are too high to hear through. It’s not really a thing. He doesn’t hardly talk about it.

Kristin LaTour
Kristin’s book just came off the printer and is creepy and lovely and she’s proud of it. She baked bread this week, which she’s good at, and has eaten some of it, which she’s also good at. She spreads her butter all the way to every edge of crust. When she writes, she tends to write about women. Sometimes she write about people in general. Rarely places.

Tracie Morell
Tracie was raised on the savannah by a pack of feral gazelles. At a young age, she learned to bend iron bars with naught but her teeth and sheer determination. During her school years, she consistently wowed her teachers and mentors with her ability to dodge skepticism while performing feats of whimsical magic. In adulthood, she has birthed miniscule acrobats who assist her in her day-to-day tasks of smashing the banality of various poverties. In her spare time, she enjoys semaphore, scrimshaw, collecting rejection letters, and working on cars for the love of artistry and craftsmanship, despite her loathing of vehicular landscapes and the smell of ethanol. She resides in a land beyond your reach. Only Ben Frasier knows how to find her.

Tammy Robacker
Currently enrolled in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University, Tammy lives in Oregon with her fiancé, two cats and a growing umbrella collection. She won the 2015 Keystone Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, “R”; a small poetry collection written about a bittersweet father-daughter relationship. Her poetry book “Villain Songs” is forthcoming with ELJ Publications in Fall 2016. Tammy published her first collection of poetry, “The Vicissitudes,” in 2009 (Pearle Publications). Her work has appeared in Menacing Hedge, Chiron Review, VoiceCatcher, Duende, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review, WomenArts, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Visit

Susan Slaviero
Susan may or may not be the monster in question. In a past life she was either Marie Laveau or a Siamese Cat. She can often be found reading cursed books, watching horror movies or making soup in her cast iron pot. She is the author of CYBORGIA (Mayapple Press 2010) and Selections From the Murder Book (Treelight Books 2012) as well as a few other bewitched manuscripts. She lives and writes in the unmapped places of Illinois.

Chloe Firetto-Toomey
Chloe is a transatlantic love child. She enjoys meatballs, jazz and botany and currently resides on Miami Beach. Her favorite hobbies include daydreaming, printmaking, reading poetry and capturing thoughts.

Bill Yarrow
Bill, professor blah blah blah, six-time blah blah blah, is the author blah blah blah, his poems blah blah blah, anthologies blah blah blah, editor blah blah blah, lives blah blah blah. “Cease playing harmonicas, you lizards!” (Frank O’Hara, “Oranges: 12 Pastorals”)

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: