The past year was a great one for stories at Belt Magazine. In 2019, we published nearly a hundred and fifty pieces by regional writers on issues that matter to the Rust Belt and greater Midwest. The following stories are those that seemed to resonate most with our readers this year—some of them were read and shared most often; others elicited the most appreciative emails from readers. We’re proud of every single one of them, and we hope you enjoy revisiting them as the year winds down.
We couldn’t have done any of this work without the support of 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; Indiana Humanities; and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. Many of the stories listed here are also collected in Dispatches from the Rust Belt Vol. II, a new print anthology collecting twenty-five of the best features, essays, poems and commentary we published this year. (The anthology is available exclusively to Belt members; get your copy by joining Belt today!)
Thanks for being part of Belt’s story in 2019 by reading, sharing, and supporting our work. We’re glad you’re with us.
-Ryan Schnurr, editor