Every year, at the end of the year, we take a look back at the stories we published and revisit the ones that resonated most with our readers—the pieces you read, shared, and emailed us about most often. We hope you enjoy revisiting them as 2021 winds down.
None of this would be possible by our members and partners. The stories on this list were funded by readers like you, with additional support from NewsMatch; the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses; the Ohio Arts Council; Ohio Humanities; and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. Find more of our best Rust Belt writing in Dispatches from the Rust Belt Vol. IV, a new print anthology collecting features, essays, poems, photo essays, and commentary from the past year at the magazine. (The anthology is available exclusively to Belt members; get your copy by joining Belt today).
Thank you for reading, sharing, and supporting our work in 2021. We truly couldn’t do it without you, and we’re looking forward to what we’ll do together in the year to come.
-Ryan Schnurr, editor