Assistant Professor
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Humanities Building 207D
(205) 975-5349

Research and Teaching Interests: Creative Writing, Late American and British Literature, English Composition

""Office Hours: By appointment

Education:

  • BA, Kenyon College
  • MA, University of Montana
  • MFA, University of Alabama

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Professor Slaughter has been teaching at UAB for ten years. She specializes in teaching creative writing, late American and British literature, and composition. She recently developed a EH 213 course titled, "#funnynotfunny" that investigates the many ways humor is used in literature to explore the most challenging and, sometimes, painful subjects.

Professor Slaughter is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is the author of the poetry collection, a lesson in smallness, which was a finalist for the Rousseau Prize for Literature and the Eric Hoffer Award in poetry. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Pleiades, Kenyon Review Online, Five Chapters, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Raleigh Review, and many other places. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and their two young children.


  • Introduction to Poetry Workshop
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Late British and Irish Literature
  • Late American Literature
  • English Composition online
Books:
  • Lauren Slaughter, A Lesson in Smallness (The National Poetry Review Press, forthcoming).

Poetry and Fiction:
  • In Five Chapters: "The Sadness of the Sadness of Elephants"
  • In Blackbird: "Welcome to Paradise"
  • In Chariton Review:
    • "By What Age Should the Baby Speak Fluent Chinese"
    • "The Barefoot Contessa"
    • "The Barefoot Contessa is Glad She Never Had Children"
    • "The Barefoot Contessa Wakes Up with That Too-Full Feeling"
  • In Hunger Mountain: "Herculaneum"
  • Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award
  • UAB Department of English Core Teaching Award
  • Tennessee Williams Scholar, Sewanee Writers Conference
  • Fellow, Vermont Studio Center
  • Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize