By Jennifer Niesslein The light is getting progressively stranger the [...]
The Pennsylvania I Carry With Me: An excerpt from “Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left”
Five years after I left, I got Pennsylvania inked into my skin. It was my second autumn post-college, and the notion that I might never live in my home state again was sinking in. So I decided to carry the state outline on my left shoulder, with the major rivers of the western third, where I grew up, drawn in blue.
From Belt Publishing's Folktales and Legends of the Middle West [...]
Opening a whiskey distillery was a lark for our family, an idea inspired by a bout of wine drinking while visiting family ice vineyards on a trip to Canada. We are not a family of barflies. We are a family that loves great food and drink, history, and our region of western Pennsylvania.
By Ed Simon Before its premier in 1968, there had [...]
The Whiskey Rebellion and the Rebirth of Rye: A Pittsburgh [...]
First he came for the cast of Hamilton, but I did not speak out, for I am not in the cast of Hamilton. Then he came for Meryl Streep, but I did not speak out, for I am not certified national treasure Meryl Streep.
Coming in November 2017 from Belt Publishing, Meredith Meyer Grelli's The [...]
By Edward McClelland No Midwestern city is more conscious than [...]
Nestled within some of Pittsburgh’s many wooded hillsides, or “greenways,” are dark corners that harbor vestiges of long demolished houses, city blocks, and even whole neighborhoods.
We talked with Eric Boyd, editor of Belt's Pittsburgh Anthology, about [...]
My “jagoff” heart was warmed on Friday when it was announced that that very word would henceforth be included in the esteemed Oxford English Dictionary.