Michael Blanchard

Adjunct Instructor of English & Editor of SLANT


Irby 409

(501) 852-2064

Michael Blanchard joined the Department of English as an adjunct faculty member in the fall semester of 2018. In addition to his teaching duties, he serves as editor of Slant, the department’s journal of contemporary American poetry. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and where he twice won the University Union Fine Arts Award for Poetry. He also earned an M.A. degree from Indiana University and completed additional graduate study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has taught literature and creative writing at Troy University (where he served as editor of Epos, the University’s literary magazine, and where he was presented the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and the University of Louisiana.

Recent publications include four books of poetry: Naming the Silence: New & Collected Poems (2017), which was nominated for the Patricia Goedicke Award for Poetry; And the Mountain Replied: 39 Poems (2019); Stones in the Path: New Poems (2020); and The Pearl Diver’s Daughter & Other Poems, a collection of 45 poems which an editor of Southern Literary Review  described as “finely crafted and inventive” and “layered and lyrical.”