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The Akron Anthology

The Akron Anthology

The Akron Anthology
Edited by Jason Segedy
Belt Publishing, forthcoming October 2016

“The collection of 22 essays is a must-read for anyone who cares about this city.” — Bob Dyer, Akron Beacon Journal

The Akron Anthology … brings together the many diverse voices of Akron to paint a colorful image of the city that many of us call home.” — Melanie Anderson, The Devil Strip

Between 1910 and 1920, Akron, Ohio, was the fastest growing city in the United States, tripling in size and exploding from a population of 69,000 to 208,000. Its period of rapid growth coincided with the expansion of the rubber and tire industry, which, in turn, corresponded with that of the automobile industry. But since the mid-1970s, industry has abandoned Akron, and the city has lost 31% of its population. Once-opulent neighborhoods are now swaths of abandoned homes; the factories that made Akron the Rubber Capitol of the World lie dormant. What happened? What next? The Akron Anthology aims to find out.

Edited by Jason Segedy with an introduction by David Giffels and contributions from Rita Dove, Andrew Poulsen, Denise Grollmus, and and many more. See complete Table of Contents below.

Table of Contents

Note from the Editor, by Jason Segedy

Here on the Ground: An Introduction, by David Giffels

“When Are You Coming Home?”, by Pat Jarrett

A Tavern in the Shire, by L.S. Quinn

Simple Needs, by Greg Milo

The Ghosts I Run With, by Matt Tullis

For New Refugees, Akron is More Than a Place, It’s a Home, by Maria Mancinelli

Cool But Not Too Cool: The Allure of Akron, by Roza Maille

The Doorman Diaries, by Jeff Shearl

Akron’s Audio Alchemist, by Andrew Poulsen

Confessions of a Rust Belt Orphan (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Akron), by Jason Segedy

RIP, Unknown Skeletal Remains, by Jennifer Conn

Archie the Snowman, by Joanna Wilson

Major Steps, by Rita Dove

Butts Up, by Mike Gruss

You’ll Find It Off Market Street, by Eric Wasserman

The Capital of West Virginia, by Patricia Fann

Happy, Happy Jesus Hello, by Matthew Meduri

BF. by Liesl Schwabe

Foreclosures and Vampire Devils: A Guide to Buying a Home in Akron, by Chris Drabick

Snapshots From a Rock ’n’ Roll Marriage, by Denise Grollmus

Bombing Run, by Kyle Cochrun

There’s No Place Like Home, by Emilia Strong Sykes

Hail to the King, by Matt Stansberry

ISBN: 978-0-9968367-3-9


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    September 22, 2016

    I want to order an e-copy of the book. How do I do this?


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      September 23, 2016

      E-books will be available for sale when the book officially publishes on October 15.


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