As we close out 2020 here at Belt Magazine, we decided to take a look back at the stories we published this year and re-share some of those that resonated most with our readers—the pieces you read, shared, and emailed us about most often. (We stuck with individual stories, though some of our collections were enormously popular as well.) Every story connects with someone, somewhere, but the ones below came up again and again as we look back over the year. We hope you enjoy revisiting them as 2020 winds down.
None of this would be possible by 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; Ohio Humanities; and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. Find more of our best Rust Belt writing in Dispatches from the Rust Belt Vol. III, a new print anthology collecting twenty-five features, essays, poems, photo essays, and commentary from the past year at the magazine. (The anthology is available exclusively to Belt members; get your copy by joining Belt today.)
From all of us at Belt Magazine: thank you for reading, sharing, and supporting Belt’s work in 2020. There’s so much more where these stories came from, and we’re looking forward to continuing this work alongside you in 2021.
-Ryan Schnurr, editor