Our story begins with a chance meeting in Buffalo at Nietzsche’s. It was a winter Sunday afternoon in 1988 and both of our groups were scheduled to play together.
Coming in November 2017 from Belt Publishing, Meredith Meyer Grelli's The [...]
The story was the same in Detroit, St. Louis, [...]
Joe Magarac, the Pittsburgh steelworker who was born inside an ore mountain and squeezed out rails between his fingers. Hiawatha, the man-god who conquered the King of Fish and founded the Iroquois Nation. Coyote, the trickster of the Great Plains.
We’re unveiling the cover for Belt Publishing’s forthcoming Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, and we couldn’t be more excited. The cover was designed by legendary Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick, known for his style of vibrant collages.
For several years, Ryan Schnurr watched media coverage of [...]
Mark Athitakis’s book, The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary [...]
It’s easy to mistake the Great Lakes for the ocean, at first. I’ve brought a few people to see Lake Michigan for the first time, and that’s what they all say: “It looks like the ocean!”
By Edward McClelland No Midwestern city is more conscious than [...]
By Matt Stansberry In The Death and Life of the [...]
Ashley E. Nickels and Dani Vilella have joined forces to [...]
In the pre-election media race to locate the “heart of Trump Country,” all finish lines pointed toward Appalachia and the Rust Belt. In declining cities across these sometimes overlapping regions, journalists drank from what appeared to be an infinite well of wrenching stories from economically precarious white voters.