Shelterbelt Reading Series

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)



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. 

Kaveh Akbar