Arsenic Lobster poetry journal
Issue Twenty-three
Summer 2010
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Contributors
Debby Blank
The Sonoran Desert smells of citrus wax, birds congregate and wake me early, the mountains are so green it's as if we could grow coffee up there. It is a fine day to write poetry in Tucson.

Matt Bullen
Matt Bullen is an attorney in Hollywood, California, and that's just as awful as it sounds.

Juliet Cook
Juliet is a poetry writer, poetry reader, and poetry editor. She adores interesting and darky delicious words. She recently suffered from a stroke and still has aphasia, which makes it more difficult for her to think of, speak, and write lots of both little and big words. However, she hopes her recovery will continue to improve by concentrating hard on both therapy and poetics. Find out more about Juliet's unique poetry chapbooks, her full-length book, her Blood Pudding Press, and much more at www.JulietCook.weebly.com.

Steve Davenport
Steve, author of one PhD dissertation (the title of which is seventeen words long, two of them Jack Kerouac), one book of poetry (Uncontainable Noise), and two chapbooks (one nonfiction, the other poems and fictions), is the co-author of four daughters ages 12, 10, 8, and 4 (their names, One, Two, That’s It, and This Isn’t Funny Anymore). He likes his coffee black and his George Dickel (Old No. 8) over chipped ice in the glass he tries never to wash.

Sonya Feher
Sonya is experimenting with loss: her marriage, house, that tube of chapstick, all those little things she's sure she put in a safe place. You can find her at http://mamaTRUE.com. Her work has recently appeared in publications including elimae, Literary Mama, Poemeleon, and cc&d.

Sarah Glass
Sarah grew up in Montana's Bitterroot Valley. She went to college in Oregon where she discovered a love for making 3-dimensional collage art. Her poems appear in Uglycousin, Dwarf Stars, and Breadcrumb Scabs. Currently Sarah is expanding her mermaid collage self-portrait and attempting to finish her futuristic, dystopia-type novella.

Richard Hedderman
Richard won’t read a work of fiction unless someone is killed on the first page. He never understood what’s so great about The Canterbury Tales, and doesn’t even know if he has life insurance. His work has appeared in numerous national and international publications including the Chautauqua Literary Journal, South Dakota Review, CutBank, Puckerbrush Review, and he is the author of a collection of poetry, The Discovery of Heaven. He prefers his hammock to work or church, believes the designated-hitter rule is an abomination, and is commonly the only person in the room who thinks he’s funny. He lives in Milwaukee.

Lois P. Jones
Lois believes in all manner of flying and can claim skydiving and hot air ballooning as her introduction to highfalutin. When she isn’t dreaming of dirigibles, she makes herself useful as co-founder of Word Walker Press, a co-host of Moonday’s monthly poetry reading in Pacific Palisades, California and as host on Pacifica Radio's Poet’s Cafe. She is the Associate Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal.

c.a. leibow
Christopher is currently a Barker for the Shlomo Brother’s Carnival and is currently working on a manuscript titled, Carny Life: The Vicissitudes of Traveling Entertainment.

Emilie Lindemann
Emilie, a self-described vintage clothing junkie, is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her poems have appeared in Verse Wisconsin , Columbia Poetry Review, Wicked Alice, PANK, and Sugar House Review. Her chapbook, Dear Minimum Wage Employee, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.

Dana Guthrie Martin
Dana has been described as akin to “watching someone eat their young only probably a lot prettier.” She and her husband share their Seattle-area home with two hermit crabs, their robot, Feldman, and their hand puppets, Princess Baby Toes and Captain Baby Pants. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, and her chapbook The Spare Room is forthcoming.

Kim Noriega
Kim grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, but in her late 20's--with her five-year-old (beautiful!) daughter in tow--bought a brand new Camaro, and drove "as far south and west" as possible without leaving the country-- to San Diego to be exact--where they danced together on the beach singing Pretenders' songs and made angels of sand instead of snow. Now that her daughter is grown, Kim spends her time (when not writing) putting her books in order according to the Dewey Decimal Number Classification System (mostly 800s) and thinking of crafts to make for her day job with her family literacy kids using yogurt containers and the cute little glass bottles her cat's favorite organic half and half comes in. Her favorite flower is the lilac (closely followed by wild violets and black tulips) and her favorite color is red -- which is why she wore a red lace wedding gown (the second time around) when she married her beloved, Ernie. Kim’s poem Heaven, 1963 was featured by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, in his nationally syndicated column, American Life in Poetry. The title poem of her first book, Name Me, recently published by Fortunate Daughter Press, was a finalist for the 2009 Joy Harjo prize.

Mark Seidl
Mark keeps a well-stocked aquarium in his Up-state New York home. Lately he's been trying to train the fish to respond to simple commands such as "roll over" and "sit," but he's happy just to watch them swim among the plastic plants. He tears himself away from the show to read and write poetry and to work toward a Master of Library Science degree.

Judith Skillman
Judith lives and writes in Kennydale, Washington. Some days she feels almost as grown up as her three grown children, and her three year old twin sorroral (girls but different) grand children. Her new book is The Never, published by Dream Horse Press. A collection about the seven deadly sins, The White Cypress, is forthcoming from Cervéna Barva Press in 2011. For more see judithskillman.com.

Amy-Lynn Bell
Originally from Sudbury in Northern Ontario, Amy-Lynn has made her home in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia for the past two decades. Her drawings and paintings are inspired by the natural treasures found in the northern woods and along the Atlantic seashore. She enjoys sharing the wonder of nature with people of all ages and the joy of art with children especially. Her most rewarding creative work has involved raising three sons and now being the grammy of two grandsons. She writes about nature at www.flandrumhill.com and art at www.drawingconclusions.wordpress.com

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