Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Thirty-seven
Spring 2015
Onnyx Bei
Onnyx lives in Houston, TX and teaches ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) at University of Houston-Downtown.

Susan Charkes
Susan was once called impish, but it didn’t go to her head, which is still smaller than the moon. She was a wealthy and powerful oligarch in a previous life, apparently. Her poems have been or will be published in APIARY, Gargoyle, Prick of the Spindle, Spoon River Poetry Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Cleaver, Posi and elsewhere. She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania where words do grow on trees.

Patrick Cole
Patrick lives in Barcelona, near Park Güell — If you have visited Park Güell you very well may have taken his street, and quite possibly asked him for directions to the Park. He was charming, and he remembers you, too. His work has appeared in the Writing That Risks anthology, The Conium Review, MAP Literary, Parcel (a Pushcart Prize nominee), Conclave, High Plains Literary Review (also a Pushcart Prize nominee), and several other journals. He is presently at work on a historical novel.

Juliet Cook & j/j hastain
j/j is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j, simply, hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon.

Juliet is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and red explosions. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications, recently including FLAPPERHOUSE, Ghost Proposal, ILK, Menacing Hedge, and Tarpaulin Sky. You can find out more at

Sarah Ghoshal
Sarah teaches writing, reads poetry when she should be grading, loathes most films made from books and watches Yankee baseball like it’s a fine, artistic play she’s never seen before. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, her brand new baby, and their faithful dog, Comet, who flies through the air with the greatest of ease. In addition to other publications that she doesn’t want to bore you with, she has a chapbook forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. You can learn more about her at

Rae Hoffman
Rae puts words into orders. After studying under Albert Goldbarth at Wichita State University, she began putting words into better orders. Her work has appeared in Mojo, Kenning and Rivet — to name a few. In 2014 she won the Cincinnati Library Poetry Contest. When she is not writing, she is absorbed by some other creative endeavor.

Adam Hughes
Adam is the author of Petrichor (NYQ Books, 2010) and Uttering the Holy (NYQ Books, 2012). He was born in 1982 in Lancaster, Ohio. He still resides near there on a farm with his wife and daughter, two dogs, four cats, and five horses. He works as a drug prevention specialist with high school students. Should you google him, he is not the Adam Hughes who draws near-pornographic depictions of female superheroes. He cannot draw.

Kirby Knowlton
Kirby is from South Carolina. She reads poems, eats boiled peanuts, and does hardly anything else.

Anya Lofamia
Introvert, transversal, and metaleptic, Anya writes poetry, and loves collecting thunderstorms– in a bottle –. She is also especially interested in the works of Hélène Cixous. Anya lives in Manila, Philippines.

Paul Nelson
Paul listens to really old music and fishes off the North Shore of O’ahu. Fishing is not a sport. It is like writing poetry, casting, hoping for a strike from something natural, to then release.

Simon Perchik
Simon is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Osiris, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at

Jay Sizemore
Jay dropped out of college and sold his soul to corporate America. He still sings Ryan Adams songs in the shower. Sometimes, he writes things down. His work has appeared online and in print with magazines such as Rattle, Prick of the Spindle, DASH, Menacing Hedge, and Still: The Journal. He’s never won an award. Currently, he lives in Nashville, TN, home of the death of modern music. His chapbook Father Figures is available on Amazon.

Michael N. Thompson
Michael likes bacon and fantasy football, but hates using ampersands. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including Word Riot, Toronto Quarterly and The Hobo Camp Review. He is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent being A Murder Of Crows (University Of Hell Press, 2014). His next collection, Days Of Swine And Roses, will also be released through University Of Hell Press in late 2015/early 2016. Michael has lived in the Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles, but currently resides on the mean streets of Martinez, California.

Nancy Lynée Woo
Nancy spends her free time hitching a ride to the other side of maybe. She is a 2015 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and the co-founder and editor of a socially conscious literary press called Lucid Moose Lit. Often caught cavorting around Long Beach, CA, she can also be found at

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: