Dawson - Ohio Valley Smokestacks

Smokestacks in the Ohio Valley. Photo by Jon Dawson/Flickr. (CC BY-ND 2.0).

Belt Magazine, in partnership with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, is seeking pitches and submissions of features, commentary, essays, and photo essays on the connections between infrastructure and issues of climate, environment, equity, and democracy in the Rust Belt and Appalachia. Topics may include, but are not limited to: public (or not so public) infrastructure projects, factory and industry transitions, fossil fuel networks, renewable energy technology, and local political struggles.

This series is supported by the Buell Center’s project “POWER: Infrastructure in America,” which challenges readers to think about how infrastructure relates to life across a series of intersecting concerns, including democratic governance and climate justice.

Send pitches for features and completed essays/poems to editorial@beltmag.com by June 24, with “Infrastructure pitch” in the subject line. Please also include a short bio (<50 words).

All writers will be compensated.