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Belt Publishing is a small, independent press founded in Cleveland in 2013 as a platform for new and influential voices from the Rust Belt and Midwest. As with our sister publication, Belt Magazine, we are committed to carefully edited, complex writing. Our titles have been praised by the New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Daily Beast, Ebony, Ploughshares, and numerous other publications.

Our growing catalog of original titles includes four core imprints. The City Anthology Series compiles essays from homegrown and expatriate writers about the cities they love. Neighborhood Guidebooks explore the smaller enclaves that shape the broader cultural identities of major cities. Notches publishes novella-length books (or, perhaps, "really longform essays") by some of the nation's best writers about often overlooked subjects of interest to the Midwest. Belt Revivals brings back influential works from the past that illuminate the present and inform our future.

Our Team

Anne Trubek is the founder of Belt Publishing and Belt Magazine. She is the editor of Voices From The Rust Belt (Picador, 2018), the author of The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting (Bloomsbury, 2016) and A Skeptic's Guide To Writers' Houses (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010), and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and numerous other publications. Prior to founding Belt she was Associate Professor of English at Oberlin College.

Martha Bayne is a senior editor and marketing director with Belt Publishing, and a freelance journalist based in Chicago. The editor of Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology (Belt, 2017), Red State Blues (Belt, 2018), and the Chicago Neighborhood Guidebook (Belt, 2019)She is also the author of the narrative cookbook Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Agate, 2011), and a member of Theater Oobleck's artistic ensemble.

Dan Crissman joined Belt Publishing in 2017. Previously, he was an editor at W. W. Norton, Overlook Press, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is the author of Brewing Everything: How to Make Your Own Beer, Cider, Mead, Sake, Kombucha, and Other Fermented Beverages(Norton, 2018) and editor of Cleveland in 50 Maps (Belt, 2019).

William Rickman, a Midwest-converted New Yorker, is the orders and fulfillment manager with Belt Publishing. He also coaches high school and adult competitive rowing in Cleveland. When not doing Belt or rowing things, he keeps busy with beekeeping, travel, biking, reading, and checking out live music.

Meredith Pangrace has been Belt's designer since we launched in 2013. She combines fine art training with graphic design, and her portfolio is at mapcreates.com. She also plays accordion for Maura Rogers and the Bellows.

David Wilson is a designer and illustrator based out of Ohio who has worked for companies such as The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, New York Magazine, and Harvard in addition to Belt. When not creating work for clients he is busy making independent comics, zines and short films. His book Rust Belt Arcana, with Matt Stansberry, was published by Belt in Fall 2018.


Anne Trubek, anne@beltmag.com

Senior Editors

Martha Bayne, martha@beltmag.com

Dan Crissman, dan@beltmag.com

Assistant Editor

Rebekkah Rubin

Orders and Fulfillment Manager

William Rickman, bill@beltmag.com


Belt is distributed by Publishers Group West (PGW). For additional questions about ordering our titles, please email orders@beltmag.com.

We offer individual vendors wholesale rates. Please contact Bill at bill@beltmag.com to inquire about pricing.

Media inquires contact Martha at martha@beltmag.com

For desk or exam copies, please email Bill at bill@beltmag.com


We accept proposals for nonfiction only. Send queries pasted in the body of an email to Anne Trubek at anne@beltmag.com. If we are interested, we will request a full proposal.

Mailing Address

Belt Publishing
3143 West 33rd Street
Box #6 / Suite 3N
Cleveland, OH 44109


Read what the media has said about us:

"For the past five years, a small press called Belt Publishing has been bringing out intriguing nonfiction books about the Midwest; now they've started a new series called Belt Revivals to publish classic Midwestern fiction as well as nonfiction." - Maureen Corrigan for Fresh Air

"Five years after its launch as a regional press specializing in nonfiction books about the industrial Midwest, Belt Publishing is growing rapidly and gaining visibility in the marketplace." - Claire Kirch for Publishers Weekly

"Small presses across Appalachia and the Rust Belt consistently publish, to little fanfare, incredibly diverse work--books that are lush, gritty, surprising and so very true. Perhaps the best example, or certainly the best place to begin, is Catte’s What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. This edgy, meticulous work of nonfiction from Cleveland’s Belt Publishing dispels many myths about the region." - Leah Hampton for the Los Angeles Times

"This year, the Cleveland-based press...looked to that region’s literary history for the Belt Revival series, a collection of new editions of Midwestern classics. Each book--there are currently five--is retrofitted with new introductions and arresting covers." - Lovia Gyarkye for the New York Times Books Briefing

"Belt anthologies offer readers an opportunity to find stories and perspectives from their place, in which they may recognize themselves." - Alastair Boone and Kriston Capps for CityLab

"Belt Publishing... promotes a kind of progressive Rust Belt pride without succumbing to cliché or hipster irony." - Jennifer Schuessler for the New York Times

"In the past ten months, the question 'What happened?' has been asked of the Rust Belt more than ever before. But it’s the same question Belt has been answering for the past four years. Has anyone had been listening?" - Amanda Arnold for Lit Hub

"[Belt]...has served as a thoughtful foil to national-media characterizations of the region as either hopelessly dystopic or cheerfully rebounding, sticking instead to a knotty middle."- - Christopher Borrelli for the Chicago Tribune

For media requests regarding Amanda Kolson Hurley's Radical Suburbs or Raechel Anne Jolie's Rust Belt Femme please contact Michelle Blankenship at michelle@blankenshippr.com.

All other titles please contact Martha Bayne at martha@beltmag.com.