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.
Among works about the lower rungs of the middle class, Stewart O’Nan’s novels stand out.
We like us some music at Belt, so we're jazzed to announce an intermittent collaboration with Cellar Door Cleveland, an online Cleveland arts and music magazine that thrives to serve as a megaphone for the local arts community.
Reads born of fire, steel, and clock-punching.
How Sheila Schwartz helped me find the truth in fiction.
No one stumbles upon the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award collection at the Cleveland Public Library. The books are shelved in three locked cabinets of the Treasure Room, a drum-tight chamber in Special Collections.
Harvey Pekar — the grouch, the pessimist, the quitter — wrote about the Cleveland that really was — not the Cleveland we aspire to be.
The men came every day, arriving as the daytime manager slid back the bolt on the front door. They walked into a darkness so solid they’d tip their heads as if dodging a blow.