About Us 2017-11-01T09:33:41+00:00

Belt Magazine is a nonprofit journalism website dedicated to the politics and culture of the Rust Belt and the Greater Midwest.

Launched in 2013 as both an independent book publisher and an online magazine, Belt has been heralded by The New York TimesAmerican ProspectColumbia Journalism Review, and elsewhere as a place for complex and nuanced writing by and about the Rust Belt, a region that is all too often oversimplified in the national imagination and the national media.

In November 2017, the magazine relaunched as a nonprofit and remains connected in spirit and mission with the book press.

Belt Publishing can now be found at beltpublishing.com, and remains an important and necessary platform for new and influential voices from the Rust Belt and Midwest.

Belt Magazine now operates as a nonprofit with the support of its readers, philanthropic donors, and foundations that operate in the public interest. With a collective of independent reporters, writers, and photographers who work and live in the region, Belt Magazine aims to fill the void of meaningful coverage of the Rust Belt by a national media centralized in New York City and Washington, D.C., and endeavors to add to a national conversation that is all too often dominated by voices from the coasts.

Sincerely,

Jordan Heller

Editor in Chief, Belt Magazine