SLANT: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry


Welcome to SLANT, a publication of the English Department at the University of Central Arkansas. And thank you for your interest in our journal of contemporary poetry, now in its 36th year. Our journal appears in digital format twice a year: Spring (May) and Fall (November). For a view of our current issue, click on the link below.

History of Slant

SLANT was founded in 1986 by Richard Hudson, a member of the English Department faculty at the University of Central Arkansas, who also served as editor until 1993. He was succeeded by Jim Fowler, another member of the UCA English faculty, whose tenure as editor stretched from 1993 to 2018. Faculty member Sonya Fritz shepherded the journal through its transition to an online publication from 2018 to 2022. Michael Blanchard, a poet and adjunct faculty member, is the current editor.

With generous support from UCA administration; the University’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and the UCA Foundation, SLANT has consistently sought and published original work by some of the finest contemporary poets from around the United States and beyond.

Graduate Assistantships

In addition, each academic year SLANT offers assistantships to two students in the UCA graduate program in English, who play an active and integral role in the production of each issue. For more information on the graduate program and a personal message from Dr. Lori Leavell, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, visit Graduate Program or contact Dr. Leavell directly at We especially invite inquiries from students with a strong interest in contemporary poetry and/or editing and publishing.

Hudson-Fowler Prize

An added feature for SLANT beginning in 2023 will be the inaugural awarding of the Hudson-Fowler Prize in Poetry, named in honor of the two longest-serving editors of the journal. Follow the link below for more details about the prize.


Previous editions of SLANT are still available for viewing. To view print versions of previous issues from the history of SLANT, please visit Archives

Contact Us

Slant: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry
Department of English
University of Central Arkansas
201 Donaghey Avenue
Conway, AR 72035-5000

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The Hudson-Fowler Prize in Poetry

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