Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Twenty-seven
Winter 2011
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Malaika King Albrecht
Malaika is the founding editor of Redheaded Stepchild, an online magazine that only accepts poems that have been rejected elsewhere. She lives in Pinehurst, N.C. with her family and is a therapeutic horseback riding instructor.

Maureen Alsop
Maureen was born in Pontiac, Michigan. More about her work can be found at

Arielle Greenberg Bywater
It is Arielle’s humble opinion that if you or anyone you love is thinking of having a baby, you ought to read her hybrid genre collaboration with Rachel Zucker, Home/Birth: A Poemic. Arielle recently left her tenured position at Columbia College Chicago to move with her family to lobster-land, aka Midcoast Maine, where she teaches and writes about poetry and makes food and hangs out with her kids, preferably not at the same time. She is so much more relaxed she can't begin to tell you.

Elisa Gabbert and Kathleen Rooney
Elisa knows that no matter how badly you want it, money is unaffected by your desire. Despite her cool demeanor, Kathleen’s core temperature is above average.

Kate Greenstreet
Find out nearly everything about Kate at

George Kalamaras
George has discovered that Lorca’s Arsenic Lobster is indeed generative and revivifying—just like Arsenic Lobster magazine. He writes from Fort Wayne, Indiana, widely known as the Midwest Center for Surrealist Studies, aka Place(s) Where the Owl is on Fire in Our Chest. His latest offering is Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck (Elixir Press, 2012), winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize.

Michael Keenan
Michael’s favorite thing to do is to drive around an old cemetery while eating a cheeseburger. Between drives he has managed to put out the chapbook TWO GIRLS with Say No Press and receive his MFA from Brown University. He currently sells waffles to drunk people on the late-night streets of Jacksonville, Florida.

Andrea D.E. Levin
Andrea is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast MFA program. She teaches English and Humanities at a public high school in New Hampshire. She likes inspiring teenagers to fight for the honor of their favorite philosophers. In her spare time, when she is not writing poetry or forming unnatural attachments to morally ambiguous television characters, she studies ballet and belly dancing.

Robert Malloy
Robert resides in the back woods of Maine, in a small community made up of nursing mothers, proselytizers, accountants and various self-imposed exiles. Using selected books from his children’s library (three beautiful and articulate girls, ages 6, 3 and newbie), he spends most of his time in transformation, diligently seeking to embrace the moment, in all its glory and pain.

Áine Pierandi McCarthy
Áine’s adolescent art-making with burned bras was mercifully exhibited in a New London, CT gallery with a lobster for a mascot. She is a recent graduate from Wesleyan University in CT, where she enjoyed classes that linked environmental science with dance and Gertrude Stein with Virginia Woolf.  She’s now occupying Santa Fe, NM, where lobsters are ubiquitously absent.  Most recently, her work appeared in Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture.

Bruce McRae
Bruce lives on the West coast of Canada.

Daniela Olszewska and Carol Guess
Daniela and Carol live in the United States of America.  They co-write poems inspired by the titles of articles on the user-generated content site, WikiHow.  Both authors enjoy animals, Garamond font, and attending Wild Flag concerts. 

Simon Perchik
Simon is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at

Michael Robins
Michael ( will disappear, painfully, at noon this Friday unless we receive thirty-four, non-consecutive one-dollar bills in a paper sack atop the Salvation Army collection box on the corner of Montrose and Francisco. No funny stuff.

Basil Rosa
More of Basil’s (aka John Flynn) lunacy can be found in publications that include five chapbooks of poetry, a full collection, Moments Between Cities, a book of short stories, Something Grand, and a book of translations from the Romanian of Nicolae Dabija, Blackbird Once Wild Now Tame. His novel Heaven Is A City Where Your Language Isn’t Spoken is due out in 2011. His website is

Cindy Savett
Cindy teaches poetry workshops to psychiatric inpatients at several hospitals in the Philadelphia area. Her latest chapbook, The Story of My Eyes, will be out this winter from Dancing Girl Press.

Brett Strickland
Brett lives in southern Ohio.

Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko
Chrisi is a fine artist and costume designer for the film/television industry. Since working for HBO over the last ten years she has been able to focus on fine art painting while on hiatis from her HBO costume design projects such as Big Love, Carnivale, and From The Earth To The Moon. Visit her website at,

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