Open top menu


“With a focus on the industrial Midwest, Belt is the nation’s new literary darling.” – American Prospect

Belt is the only independent media company devoted the Rust Belt – a region that now more than ever demands national attention. Through our books and reporting we are committed to telling the complex truth of the Rust Belt. We are not afraid to poke at sacred cows or examine the contradictory realities of life in the industrial Midwest. And we’re committed to both paying our writers and keeping our content paywall free.

Since its founding in 2013, Belt has been primarily funded by you, our readers. No corporate bosses or advertisers dictate our coverage. But your continued financial support is essential to our survival. With your help we can continue to tell important stories from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and beyond, delivering insightful, original coverage not just of economics and policy but of the culture, literature, and ecology of the region.

Join as an Annual member and we will send you a free gift. 

Join as a Lifetime member and support local writing forever, and never have to worry about renewing your membership. Plus, we will send you a collection of free gifts and a coupon code to receive 50% off anything we ever sell. This includes books, merchandise, tickets to events, and more. It’s a sweet, sweet deal.


(here are some of our happy members)

Become a Member Now!

Prefer to pay by check? Address it to: Rust Belt Chic LLC and mail it to Rust Belt Chic, 1667 E. 40th St. Unit 1G1, Cleveland, OH  44103

If you have any questions about Belt membership or would like to give a membership as a gift, please contact us at

18 Comment responses

Leave a comment