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

Research and Teaching Interests: Creative Writing, Contemporary Women’s Poetry, Southern Poetry, Late American and British Literature, English Composition

Lauren Slaughter. Office Hours: By appointment

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

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Professor Slaughter has lived in Alabama off-and-on for over ten years and has been teaching at UAB for seven. She specializes in teaching creative writing, poetry writing, late American and British literature, and composition. Two years ago she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, “the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting . . . women writers of exceptional talent.” The Sewanee Writers Conference and Vermont Studio Center have also supported her work with individual fellowships and scholarships.

Slaughter’s first collection of poems, A Lesson in Smallness, will be released soon and her poetry and fiction has appeared in many publications, including Five Chapters, Drunken Boat, the Chariton Review, Hunger Mountain, Blackbird, the Kenyon Review Online, and Verse Daily. She is also a fiction editor at the online magazine, DIAGRAM. 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
  • 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