Dispatches From the Rust Belt 2020


A print anthology collecting twenty-five our favorite pieces published by the magazine in 2020. Dispatches From the Rust Belt Vol. III includes stories about movements and music, politics and policing, crises and community. Each one illuminates something meaningful about what it means to live here now. Think of them as both time capsule and road map, a snapshot of where we are, where we’ve been, and what all of it means for the future.

Contributors include Belt regulars Emiliano Aguilar, Bob Campbell, Anna Clark, Kiran Misra, Avery Gregurich, Njaimeh Njie, Vanessa Williams, and many more.

Details: Paperback, 186 pages.




Collecting our favorite stories from 2020, featuring:



Give Your Money to Mary Lane (Katie Prout)
Reviving Detroit’s Historic Blue Bird Inn (Anna Clark)
House on the Rock at Sixty (Avery Gregurich)
The Lake County Fair and the Future of Northwest Indiana (Sam Love)
Restoring Maxo Vanka’s Working-Class, Immigrant Murals (Margaret Shakespeare)


Ohio Has Always Had Confederate Apologists (Eric Michael Rhodes)
The Enduring Legacy of Decatur’s Carnegie Library (Bob Zeni)
The Legend of Big Ole (Rachel Boyle)
What Happened to Northeast Ohio’s “Chemical Shore”? (J. Mark Souther)
Buffalo’s Vanished Maritime Past (Jeff Z. Klein)

What Happened—and is Happening—in Minneapolis (Vanessa Taylor)
Before George Floyd there was David Cornelius Smith (Terrion Williams)
#NoCopAcademy and the Movement to Defund the Police (Kiran Misra)
Coronavirus and Incarceration: “A Catastrophe Waiting to Happen” (Charlotte Rosen)
East Chicago’s Legacy of Corruption (Emiliano Aguilar)


When the Dams Broke in Midland, Michigan (Anna Clark)
Detroit Water Shutoffs and a Crisis of Public Health (Nina Ignaczak)
Can Elk Heal Coal Country? (Ashley Stimpson)
What COVID-19 and the Chicago Heat Wave of 1995 Have in Common (Kiran Misra)
Black Lives and a River Road: Pittsburgh Snapshots (Njaimeh Njie)


Loiterers (Jake Maynard)
Home Again at the Flint South Side Reunion (Bob Campbell)
My Life in Oil (Rachel Havrelock)
Finding Refuge in Southwest Detroit (Christiana Castillo)
Life After the Derecho (Avery Gregurich)