SLANT Forum: News & Reviews

A New Prize in Poetry

In 2023, editors of SLANT will award the inaugural Hudson-Fowler Prize in Poetry, named in honor of the two longest-serving editors of the journal and to recognize truly distinctive originality and quality of poetic expression. For more details about that award, visit Hudson-Fowler Prize. 

Submissions: Save the Date

The revised submission period for our Fall 2022 issue opens August 1 and will close October 15. The scheduled date for that issue to appear live online is November 15. For more information on submission guidelines, visit Submission Guidelines

The Early Days of This – Jacqueline Sullivan

Finishing Line Press has recently published a chapbook by Jacqueline Sullivan, a contributor to our Summer 2017 issue. The Early Days of This includes the poem “Translating the Aeneid” from that earlier issue.

Jacqueline’s poems have appeared in numerous journals besides Slant. In addition to being  a poet, she is a practicing attorney in Massachusetts and has been a Joshua A. Guberman Teaching Fellow and Lecturer at Brandeis University, a lecturer at Northeastern University, and a lecturer at Boston University School of Law.

For more information about Jacqueline’s chapbook, including excerpts from some early reviews, visit The Early Days of This.

A New Poet Laureate for Arkansas

Suzanne Underwood Rhodes, Arkansas Poet Laureate

On February 1 of this year, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson named Suzanne Underwood Rhodes of Fayetteville as the new poet laureate. Suzanne is a native of New York, was educated at James Madison University and Johns Hopkins University, and is the author of the following chapbooks and collections: Weather of the House (1994), What a Light Thing, This Stone (1995), Sketches of Home (1998), The Roar on the Other Side (2000), A Welcome Shore (2010), Hungry Foxes (2013), Flying Yellow (2021). For more about Suzanne, visit her website at suzanneunderwoodrhodes.com.

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

The University of Central Arkansas will host the annual C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference on the University campus November 4-5, 2022. As conference organizers state, the conference “focuses on women writers from all genres and all experience levels, from journalism to mass market books to literary endeavors, and beyond.”

The conference is named in honor of the late C.D. Wright, a native of Arkansas who became one of America’s foremost poets, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for One with Others (2011), as well as two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

For more information, visit C.D. Wright Conference.

Jeff Hardin’s Watermark: Poems – A Review

Claire Hamner Matturo shared with us her review of a recent collection by Tennessee poet Jeff Hardin titled Watermark: Poems (Madville Publishing). Jeff was born in Savannah, Tennessee. He received a BS from Austin Peay State University and an MFA from the University of Alabama. He is the author of several earlier poetry collections, including No Other Kind of World (Texas Review Press, 2017), which received the X. J. Kennedy Prize, and Fall Sanctuary (Story Line Press, 2004), which received the Nicholas Roerich Prize. He currently lives in Columbia, Tennessee, where he teaches English at Columbia State Community College and edits the online journal One.

Claire Hamner Matturo is a novelist, poet, and Associate Editor of the Southern Literary Review who lives in Bradenton, Florida. You can read her review at Watermark – Review. And while you are at it, you can also read her interview with Jeff at Jeff Hardin – Interview.

Bob Dylan Center Opens

Fans of legendary folk-poet, singer, and Nobel laureate Bob Dylan — as well as scholars of music and poetry — now have the chance for an up-close view of cultural treasures created and owned by Dylan over seven decades. The Bob Dylan Center opened to the public May 10, 2022, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Housed in the former Tulsa Paper Factory, the 29,000-square-foot center is home to handwritten lyric manuscripts to some of the world’s most treasured songs, previously unreleased recordings, never-before-seen film performances, rare and unseen photographs, visual art, and other priceless items.

The Nobel committee awarded Bob Dylan its prize in literature in 2016 “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

For more details, visit Bob Dylan Center.

Share the News

In addition to your poems, we welcome submissions of news about yourself or a fellow poet, reviews of recently published collections of poetry (yours or others), and interviews with poets. As we note above, the submission period for poems is August 1-October 15 for the Fall 2022 issue. However, we welcome your news and reviews at any time during the year.

You may send noteworthy items to us at slantpoetry@uca.edu. Be sure to add “Slant Forum” in the subject field of your email message.