Arsenic Lobster poetry journal Issue Thirty-six
Winter 2014
About Us
Susan Yount, Editor and Publisher
Susan (aka Sissy); was born and raised on a 164-acre farm in Southern Indiana where she learned to drive a tractor, harvest crops, feed the chickens and hug her beloved goat, Cinnamon. Soon after receiving her BA from Indiana University in Photo-Journalism, she married a physicist and moved to Ohio. While attending Kent State University as a guest graduate, she worked at the largest flour mill in northeast Ohio where she kept those Accounts Receivable up-to-date (no small feat, that!). Moving to Chicago, she and her husband built a home on the south side with a view of the Sears Tower. In the middle of the upheaval she found time to give birth to a bouncy baby boy! She is the Editor and Publisher of Arsenic Lobster and works at the Associated Press. Having completed graduate studies in poetry at Columbia College in Chicago, she now balances work, her home and her delightful boy. Only Mimi Mousy Tongue knows what Susan will be doing next and she’s not talking. Her poetry has appeared in several print and online magazines including Elixir, Bathtub Gin, Wicked Alice, Verse Daily and The Chaffin Journal. Susan is a 2003 recipient of The Lynda Hull Memorial Scholarship in Poetry. In 2010 she was awarded first prize in the 16th Annual Juried Reading competition at The Poetry Center Of Chicago. In her spare (!) time she moonlights as the madame at the Chicago Poetry Bordello. She has two chapbooks, House on Fire (Blood Pudding Press, 2014) & Catastrophe Theory (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2012).

Jessica Dyer, Associate Editor
Jessica has followed the Abraham Lincoln path to success. That is, she was born in Kentucky, spent her formative years in the same hunk of Southern Indiana as Mr. Lincoln, and then moved to Illinois. She’s still working on the “president” thing, and may have to settle for “president” of some social club. That’s OK with her. Jessica earned a B.S. in journalism from Indiana State University and an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in PANK, North American Review, and So To Speak.

Kat Sanchez, Associate Editor
Kat lives in Chicago. Her poetry has been published in Syntax, Columbia Poetry Review, PoetsArtists, CutBank, Pank,Bateau, and others. Her chapbook, You are either the fire the hummingbird the California coast or the act of flying backwards In this story, was published by H_NGM_N B__KS in July 2012. She moonlights as a cheesemonger. Her photography and paintings and other life things can be found at

Elisa Shoenberger, Reader
Elisa was born when she pulled herself out of the pages of the OED after a dispute with an adverb. Ever since she has been shedding words into her Wordpress blog "Not Without a Bowler Hat" and other writings. Sometimes her words make their way into Chicago historical reenactments and other performative mischief. Other times, she’s learning to speak other languages like saxophone, tightwire, stiltwalking, and wearable electronics.

Hilary Aarons, Intern
Hillary grew up in Raleigh, NC and moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, where she is now a senior major in creative writing and dance. She is also a member of Griffin’s Tale, Northwestern’s Children’s Repertory Theatre that takes stories written by elementary school children and adapts them into sketches, songs, dances and performs them at the schools to encourage creativity and a love of writing. While not writing, she is probably eating ice cream.

Mirna Palacio Ornelas, Intern
Mirna grew up in a Mexican household in suburban Indianapolis, bringing tortas to school for lunch. She reads in English, speaks in Spanish, writes in colors, and dreams in smells. Mirna spends most of her time in the dark with Captain America looping in the background on the lowest volume and light settings while collecting boxes of steakhouse dinner rolls on her desk. While this is certainly the best way to approach life, she still manages to squeeze in some productivity between classes at the University of Indianapolis.

George Pichowsky, Webmaster
George grew up in California, moving to New York as a teenager. While living in Brooklyn, he helped raise two sons, worked and attended college. As a result of hard work and good luck, his entire career was spent as a computer programmer on Wall Street. Divorced, he is now retired and living in the Chicago area. Most of his time is spent playing with his grandson and building a model train layout that dominates his living room. He owns the Magere site where Arsenic Lobster lives.