Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Twenty-six
Summer 2011
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Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Jeanne Marie's latest book is Burning of the Three Fires. When not writing poems she is likely to be found crafting matchbox charms, tap dancing, tending her fire escape garden, or making desserts. She lives in Manhattan.

T.M. De Vos
T.M.’s top-secret first name and musical tastes owe much to the ’80s. Her leisure activities include eating pineapple, talking to her pet chinchillas, and not answering the door. Her chapbook, The Dimestore World, is the first in Patasola Press Siren Series. She also serves as co-editor-in-chief of Gloom Cupboard and editorial something at Many Mountains Moving. Her hair often falls over her right eye, but she is by no means a hipster.

Ted Deppe
Ted was born in Minnesota, and grew up in Indiana. He worked for many years as a coronary-care and psychiatric nurse and has taught creative writing in high schools, universities, and graduate programs in the United States, England, and Ireland. His previous books include Children of the Air and The Wanderer King, and Cape Clear: New and Selected Poems. He currently teaches in the Stonecoast M.F.A. Program and directs Stonecoast in Ireland, where he now lives with his wife, poet Annie Deppe.

Glenn R. Frantz
Glenn rarely leaves his native Pennsylvania -- birthplace of Gertrude Stein, the suspension bridge, and the banana split. His poetry has appeared in publications such as BlazeVOX, Cricket, ditch, Shadowtrain, and 3by3by3. His e-chapbook "We Are You" is available at

Ricky Garni
Ricky is a graphic designer, poet, easily distracted but still alive bicyclist and father of two, 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.

Holly Hinkle
Holly is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Stonecoast MFA program. She is currently reveling in new artistic endeavors in the city of Portland, Oregon.

Crystal Hoffman
Crystal came quite close to convincing the governing body at her commune to making an exception for lobsters to the "no indoor pets" rule through the powers of performance art and the law school knowledge of an equally unstable housemate. Her poetry has appeared in places, such as A Cappella Zoo, 3 A.M., and Frigg. Having spent five years of her life as a quasi-hobo, concocting ridiculous performance schemes as Artistic Director of the TypewriterGirls Poetry Cabaret, she is settling down for a year to teach Creative Writing in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut.

Kristen Hoggatt
When she was young, Kristen had a collection of 26 rose thorns that were named from A to Z. This doesn't necessarily explain anything about her, but it's a nice detail. She likes running, cooking vegan meals and reciting poems in a posh Brittish accent to amuse her baby. She writes an advice column for Drexel University's The Smart Set called "Ask a Poet."

Laurel Nakanishi
Laurel is a surfer from Honolulu, Hawaii. She is currently far away from the ocean, doing an MFA in Missoula, MT – she loves poetry that much. If Laurel were a garden, she would be terraced. If Laurel were a migratory bird, she would travel from Central America to Japan (with stops in Hawaii) every year.

Stephen R. Roberts
Recently retired from the insurance claims business Stephen now traipses around eight acres of Hoosier soil, pretending it to be wilderness. He spends more time with grandchildren, trees, and poetry, not necessarily in that order. Recently published in Borderlands, Willow Springs, Water-Stone, and Yalobusha Review.

Vincent Spina
Vincent is living at -7 degrees in northern PA approximately 90 miles in every direction to a place to go. Deer in his back yard were okay for the first 15 yrs, but one does tend to get bored. He has one book of poetry published, Outer Borough. Sometimes he gets published in a mag.

Lance Stemen
Born in North Carolina, raised in Illinois, his poems are mostly inspired by travel notebooks, whether misunderstanding actually exists, and attempts to sit on the intersection between visual and visualization, taking cues from places like Koop Himmelb(l)au, graphic design, IDM, modal realism, David Schnell, and automotive engineering. He hopes to have a self-published collection out by the end of 2011.

Meghan Tutolo
Because being Italian wasn't enough, Meghan has stretched her creative limbs into the world of marketing for an imported Italian foods company. While her love of words has continued to grow, so has her love of all things pasta & red sauce. When she isn't scanning the shelves for typos or painting Pittsburgh’s cityscape, she is at her local coffeeshop snagging victims for competitive rounds of Boggle.

Lori Pitten Jenkins
Lori's watercolors can best be described as intense. Color and contrast play an integral part in her work. Being a Florida native is reflective in her subject matters highlighting the unique treasures that Florida has to offer.
Lori grew up in Indialantic, Florida. She has a studio art degree from Florida State University. It wasn’t until 2005 that she revisited those artistic talents. She took a watercolor class at the local museum and was hooked. She began entering shows and selling her art as an experiment in justifying her passion. Now these passions have transformed her.
Lori is an award winning artist and signature member of Florida Watercolor Society and Southern Watercolor Society.
“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul – and you answer”.

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