SLANT Visiting Poet Series Continues

The University of Central Arkansas will host the SLANT visiting poet series on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in McCastlain Hall room 142, with a reading by a trio of Arkansas poets. SLANT is the English department’s international journal of contemporary poetry.

Among the featured guests for the event is Christopher Fettes of Little Rock. Fettes earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from UCA. He is currently the poetry editor for Medicine & Meaning: A UAMS Literary Journal. Additionally, he is both a program coordinator and instructor in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Among his recent publications are poems in SLANT, Nude Bruce Review and Import Sky: Synchronicity, and Medicine and Meaning.

The next guest is Paulette Guerin. Guerin is a Little Rock native and attended Louisiana State University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English. She earned her master’s degree  in English from the graduate program at UCA and then obtained a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Florida. While taking classes toward her master’s degree, she worked on SLANT with then editor James Fowler as a graduate assistant. Guerin now lives in Searcy and teaches literature and writing at Harding University. She is included in the anthology Best New Poets 2018, published by the University of Virginia Press. Her initial book-length collection, “Wading Through Lethe” was published in 2022.

Angie Macri completes the trio. Macri was born and raised in southern Illinois but now lives in Hot Springs, where she is a member of the Arkansas Arts Council. Macri is an adjunct faculty member at Hendrix College, as well as the author of three books of poetry; “Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past”, “Underwater Panther ” and “Sunset Cue”. The latter of the poems won the 2021 Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arkansas and her master’s from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.