SLANT: A Journal of 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 37th 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, visit Graduate Program or contact Program Coordinator Dr. Glenn Jellenik 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.

New this Month

Memories from the Summer 1995 issue in From the Archives, including poems from Gail Hanlon and Jane Hoogestraat. An announcement about the Hudson-Fowler Prize in Poetry, a report on the Slant Poetry Coffeehouse for student poets, a new anthology of Ozark nature poetry, and new books by Charles Rammelkamp and Joel Savishinsky in Forum: News & Reviews. And this month’s featured poet, Thomas Rabbitt.

From the Archives

Previous editions of SLANT are still available for viewing. To view print versions of past issues from the first 31 years of SLANT, please visit SLANT Archives. You can also visit From the Archives for a briefer monthly remembrance of some of our poets and poems from the past.

Contact Us

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

Important Links

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Submission Guidelines

The Hudson-Fowler Prize in Poetry

SLANT Forum: News & Reviews

SLANT Feature Poet

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