Belt is an online magazine devoted to long-form journalism, essay, and commentary with a distinctly Rust Belt sensibility. We’re based in Cleveland, but we strive to bring in voices from all over the once-industrial heartland that is now remaking itself on its own terms.
Who we are
We’re writers, journalists, artists, and thinkers. We believe that our distinct region, friendly to artists and startups, with problems and bright ideas all its own—deserves outlets for thoughtful, in-depth coverage that not only informs, but reflects, redefines, and raises the standard of what we expect of ourselves.
How we started
Rust Belt Chic Press began in 2013 with Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology a book of essays about the region–by people who live here, or used to live here, or just think deep, complicated thoughts about the place. A DIY project by Anne Trubek and Richey Piiparinen, the book was produced, start-to-finish, in three months. Its stories of disgruntled comic book writers, backyard recording studios, and fathers who came home from the steel mill covered in toxic dust resonated with readers. The book quickly went into a second printing.
We thought, “Hey, we’ve got something good here,” and raised start-up funds through a successful Kickstarter campaign to found Belt. Laura Putre signed on to help co-found the magazine and we really got rolling with the generosity of sponsors and members who recognized that there was a need for the kind of storytelling Belt can produce.
Rust Belt Chic Press is expanding, too. We will publish two new titles in 2014: The Detroit Anthology and The Cincinnati Anthology.
How often do you publish?
We publish every Monday, but now that we’re up and running and able to squeeze in four hours of sleep here and there, we hope to soon be refreshing content more frequently.
How do I subscribe to Belt?
Go here to subscribe. You don’t need to subscribe to Belt to read it—we’re very democratic—but our members get benefits and discounts and carry around the good feeling that comes from being community-minded and supporting writing that matters.
Can I advertise in Belt or be a business sponsor?
Yes, much like Riddell’s Sausage Shop in North Collinwood, Cleveland, we offer a smorgasbord of opportunities. Find them here.