Shelterbelt Press is a 501(c)(3) literary press founded and edited by Meagan Cass and Adam Clay. Our 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.



Meagan Cass is the author of Range of Motion (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014). Her fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, PANK, and Puerto del Sol, among other places. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield. Over the last fifteen years, she has done editorial work for a range of national literary journals and presses, including Stirring, Harpur Palate, Rougarou, and Sundress Publications. 

Adam Clay is the author of Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016), A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012), and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Boston Review, Iowa Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. A co-editor of TYPO Magazine, he serves as a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review and teaches at the University of Illinois Springfield.






                                                                                                                                                                                         Shelterbelt Press, LLC is a 501(c)(3) literary publisher based in Springfield, Illinois.