SOLD OUT – Allerton In-Residence: Poetry Reading with Aumaine Rose Smith and Isaac Willis

Update(11/8/21): Due to an unfavorable weather forecast the location of this event has moved to the Mansion Library. 

Join us for a special evening as we welcome our Fall 2021 Artist In-Residence Aumaine Rose Smith to the Allerton community! Aumaine and local poet Isaac Willis will share their poetry during a public reading on Thursday, November 11. Grab a seat in the Mansion Library and enjoy a cash bar (7pm) before the reading begins at 7:30pm. Park in the Main Parking Lot.

Registration is free, but limited. Scroll down to register. (The reading will be available livestream on Facebook.)
This event will follow safety guidelines recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

If you need any event accommodations, please email Mindy at

Made possible by Joan and Peter Hood, and Dana Brehm and Larry Baumann, Allerton’s  In-Residence Program aims to support and highlight the meaningful work of creators, educators and researchers, making their professions more accessible to the public, while bringing awareness to unique characteristics of Allerton. Aumaine will live on-site for nearly two weeks, immersing herself in her work and seeking inspiration from the art, history, and nature of Allerton.


Aumaine Rose Smith is a poet, writer, and editor based in Cleveland. Her creative work appears or is forthcoming in AGNI, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Hobart, Court Green, and other journals. Recipient of an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a BA in English from The Ohio State University, Aumaine has received support from the University of Illinois’ Choreographic Platform, Chautauqua Writers’ Center, and Allerton Park’s Artist-in-Residence program. She was twice awarded the University of Illinois’ Mary K. Peer Memorial Award for poetry and was a finalist in Phoebe’s Greg Grummer Poetry Contest and Ruminate’s poetry contest. Aumaine has taught university and community creative writing courses, worked as a literature liaison for Champaign, Illinois’ Pygmalion Festival, and volunteered as a transcriptionist for Commonplace podcast. Prior Sundress Publications editorial intern and Assistant Managing Editor of Ninth Letter, Aumaine now works as an editor for Clevo Books and as the Operations Manager for Beloit Poetry Journal.

Isaac Willis is a poet from downstate Illinois. An MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he also serves as Assistant Poetry Editor for Ninth Letter. His own poems can be found or are forthcoming in The Cresset, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Tania Runyan’s new anthology, How to Write a Form Poem.


Photo: Salt Prairie Photography, Allerton Park Photography Group

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Nov 11 2021


7:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 11 2021
  • Time: 8:00 pm


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