About the Reading Series

As a part of the English and Modern Languages Department at UIS, The Shelterbelt Reading Series brings writers of national reputation to UIS each semester. Visiting writers give readings from their work, discuss the writing (and publishing) life, and visit UIS classes. Previous visiting writers have included Kaveh Akbar, KMA Sullivan, Justin Phillip Reed, Ross Gay, Ada Limón, Stuart Dybek, Erin Elizabeth Smith, T.A. Noonan, Daniel Crocker, Stephen Frech, Mary Jo Bang, and Bonnie Jo Campbell.

All Shelterbelt readings are free and open to the public. Invite your friends! For more information on the program, check out Shelterbelt Reading Series’ or Facebook page.

To help support Shelterbelt, please donate through the UIS Division of Advancement.


Recent visiting writers include Jenny Xie, Amy Sayre Baptista, Emma Wilson, Daniel Crocker, Megan Giddings, and Eloisa Amezcua. Past visitors include Kaveh Akbar, KMA Sullivan, Justin Phillip Reed, Ross Gay, Natalie Eilbert, Matthew Minicucci, Richie Hofmann, Michael Robins, Lily Hoang, and Ada Limón.