Shelterbelt Reading Series and Press

About the Reading Series

Shelterbelt Press

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!  See our events calendar for dates and details on upcoming readings.

Shelterbelt is currently funded through the generous support of the UIS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Vachel Lindsay Association, and the Springfield Area Arts Council. For more information, or to help support Shelterbelt, please visit the UIS Development website and donate to the English Department Development Fund.

For more information on the program, check out Shelterbelt Reading Series’ website or Facebook page.


What’s New

Shelterbelt is excited to announce the inaugural Shelterbelt Poetry Prize winner! In Fall 2017 the press will publish Elosia Amezcua’s poetry collection From the Inside Quietly, selected by award-winning poet Ada Limón.

Elosia Amezcua has previously authored chapbooks On Not Screaming​ (Horse Less Press, 2016), Symptoms of Teething (Paper Nautilus Press, 2017), and Mexicamericana (Porkbelly Press, 2017).

About the Press

Shelterbelt Press is a 501(c)(3) literary press founded and edited by Drs. Meagan Cass and Adam Clay.
The press publishes one book of fiction, poetry, or hybrid work per year and is focused on literary citizenship, social justice, and mentorship.

We believe that in order for our press to be relevant, we must collaborate creatively with and contribute to a range of communities.

Shelterbelt Press aims to:

1) Publish compelling works of literary fiction, poetry, and hybrid genres.

2) Develop reciprocal relationships with a range of communities, particularly those with a social justice mission. We envision these relationships as dynamic, varied, and dependent upon the unique focus and structure of each community we work with.

3) Provide close mentorship for English graduate students at the University of Illinois Springfield in all aspects of literary publishing, editing, and literary citizenship.

Please visit our Support page to learn how to contribute to our cause.


Recent visiting writers include Kaveh Akbar, KMA Sullivan, Justin Phillip Reed, Ross Gay, Natalie Eilbert, Matthew Minicucci, Richie Hofmann, Michael Robins, Lily Hoang, and Ada Limón.

Kaveh Akbar