Belt sat down with decorated poet Rochelle Hurt to talk about her recent collection of prose-poetry, The Rusted City, published by Buffalo-based White Pine Press earlier this year.
Amy Jo Burns is the author of Cinderland, a memoir about coming of age in a small town in Western Pennsylvania while carrying the burden of a lie.
“Everything smells like a Polish Fiat that’s been out in the rain too long”: A Q&A With Gary Shteyngart
On October 6 at 7:00 p.m., Gary Shteyngart will be reading from his 2014 memoir, Little Failure, at the Beachwood branch of Cuyahoga County Library. Belt's Editor-in-Chief Anne Trubek talked to Shteyngart ...
The sun is diving into the Pittsburgh skyline — it’s about 5:30 but still 85 degrees with humidity you can smell — and I’m standing by the corner of Ross Street and Third Avenue, waiting for Jimmy to show up.
Most boxing gyms are battleship grey in color – the painted concrete floors, the duct tape holding together the punching bags, the old sweat-stained tee-shirts of the fighters.
Next month we publish our second edition (and third print run) of Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, with essays by Connie Schultz, Michael Ruhlman, David Giffels, and others. This excerpt is the book’s new introduction.
Midwestern novels used to bring some news from the territory -- today midwest lit is a nostalgic thing.
A look at how writing and reading local catalyzes culture, and helps cities like Pittsburgh revise their narratives.
The story of the Mercantile Library, a center of literary life in Cincinnati since 1835.
Jim Krusoe has been writing and teaching in Los Angeles for 25 years. But his novels still seem born of a mind from a different planet -- one that looks a lot like Cleveland, Ohio.
Mark Winegardner and Erick Trickey discuss Rust Belt literature, shifting Midwestern identity, and building a community of readers and writers.
Meet John G, Cleveland comics artist and Genghis Con impresario. And the guy who draws those gorgeous illustrations for Melt Bar and Grilled.