Belt Magazine and Indiana Humanities are teaming up to tell stories of how people from Indiana relate to each other across boundaries, real or imagined. This project is undertaken in concert with Indiana Humanities’ two-year INseparable initiative, which invites Hoosiers to consider what it will take to indeed be inseparable, in all the ways that matter. Learn more at www.IndianaHumanities.org/
No Room for the Elbow Room
"Okay, radical honesty:/The Elbow Room probably wasn’t the greatest bar in the history of bars"
Madison, Indiana Wants to Be the Next ‘Music City’
The small river town might have the best per capita music scene in the country.
Things My Father Knew in Winter
He says, it was near midnight, a cargo run/on second shift--from Indy to some hamlet flung
Rediscovering the Neighborhood of Saturdays
The legacy of a multiracial community on Indianapolis’s south side.
At the Lake County Fair
The fair connects communities that often seem worlds apart socially and politically, but are intimately linked by economics and geography.
The Potential of Public Art
The work of public memory is not only about the past, but about a shared vision for the future.
Crossing in Miller (1889)
"a man stands, balancing, // one foot on one line and the other on another, touching the pulse / of two emergent powers"
Opèksipu Catches Sun Before it Flows Beneath the Washington Street Bridge
"home is built upon the scaffolding / of a hundred thousand stories..."
The Undemocratic Making of Indianapolis
How Unigov, a 1970s-era legislative project, helped create modern-day Indy and its suburbs.
Losing the Farm
"The twentieth century in America brought dramatic changes to the farm...one of which was the abstraction of my family and me from our roots on the land."