Board of Directors

Vicki Sitron | Jim Babcock | Dan Crissman

Sean Decatur | Anne Trubek

Editorial Staff

Raechel Jolie Bio

Raechel Anne Jolie | Engagement Editor

Raechel is a writer, educator, and media maker. She is the author of Rust Belt Femme (Belt, 2020), which was a finalist for the Heartland Booksellers Award for Best Non-Fiction and was named in NPR’s Favorite Books of 2020. At Belt, Raechel focuses on audience engagement and membership growth, including dreaming up projects to broaden Belt’s reach and deepen our connections with diverse and marginalized communities.

Njaimeh Njie Bio

Njaimeh Njie | Visual Editor

Njaimeh is an artist and multimedia producer whose work has been exhibited in spaces including the Carnegie Museum of Art. She is a former TEDxPittsburghWomen speaker, and in 2019 the Pittsburgh City Paper named her Pittsburgh’s Person of the Year in Visual Arts. Njaimeh’s curates Belt’s editorial imagery and visual presence. This includes sourcing story art, developing photo projects, as well as finding and sharing the work of regional storytellers.

Beyza Ozer Bio

Beyza Ozer | Social Media Manager

Beyza is a queer/trans/Muslim writer, editor, and artist from Chicago. They are the author of Fail Better (Fog Machine Press, 2017) and a recipient of the Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Award. Beyza creates, markets, and shares social media content for Belt’s vast and attentive audience on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and they manifest new and unique ways to amplify the voices Belt publishes.

Ryan Schnurr Bio

Ryan Schnurr | Editor

Ryan is a writer and editor from northeast Indiana and the author of In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River (Belt Publishing, 2017). Before joining Belt, he was a writer, photographer, and editor for local media in Fort Wayne, Indiana; edited documentaries; worked as a freelance writer; and got a couple of graduate degrees. Ryan manages Belt’s day-to-day operations, edits stories, essays, poetry and commentary, and coordinates fundraising efforts.

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