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).

Read the most recent issues

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 contact Dr. Glenn Jellenik directly. We especially invite inquiries from students with a strong interest in contemporary poetry and/or editing and publishing.

Hudson-Fowler Prize

The Hudson-Fowler Prize for Poetry is named in honor of the two longest-serving editors of the journal. Read more about its history or its inaugural recipient!


To view print versions of previous issues from the history of SLANT, please visit the SLANT repository held by the UCA Archives.

Contact Us

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

Support Slant

In its current digital format, SLANT is free to our readers. That does not mean that production of the journal is without cost. You can help sustain SLANT and in turn allow us to provide a venue for contemporary poets to share their work with the world with a donation to the UCA English Enhancement Fund. Your gift can also help support our Visiting Poet Series, our twice annual Poetry Coffeehouse readings for student poets to display their talents, and the annual Hudson-Fowler Prize in Poetry.

Our Current Donors

SLANT warmly thanks the following individual contributors:

To Become a Donor

To show your support with a secure online donation, visit Support SLANT at UCA.