The Akron Anthology
“The collection of 22 essays is a must-read for anyone who cares about this city.” Bob Dyer, Akron Beacon Journal
“The Akron Anthology … brings together the many diverse voices of Akron to paint a colorful image of the city that many of us call home.” Melanie Anderson, The Devil Strip
The Akron Anthology is a collection of essays by Akron writers about life in the Rubber City. Edited by Jason Segedy, with an introduction by David Giffels, the book features contributions that span the breadth of Akron experience past, present, and future.
In its pages, State Representative Emilia Sykes tells of seeking her somewhere-over-the-rainbow and finding it back home in Akron. Andrew Poulsen explores the guitar nerd’s Wonka World of EarthQuaker Devices. L.S. Quinn leads readers back into the old downtown hobbit hole of Mr. Bilbo’s bar. Kyle Cochrun pulls us up to the tragic midnight rooftop of the abandoned Atlantic Foundry building. Jeff Shearl takes us backstage at E.J. Thomas Hall. And Jason Segedy gives voice to the Generation X experience of growing up in a postindustrial netherworld and seeing not the end of things, but new beginnings.
Jason Segedy is the director of planning and urban development for the city of Akron. He is an avid writer on urban planning and development issues and his work has been published by New Geography, Planetizen, Real Clear Policy, Rustwire, Steetsblog, and Wise Economy. His passion is creating great places and spaces where residents can live, work, and play. David Giffels is a professor of creative nonfiction. His writing has appeared in publications such as Parade, The New York Times Magazine,Redbook, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of All the Way Home and The Hard Way on Purpose. They both live in Akron, Ohio.