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Arcadia Publishing

Best of the Rust Belt

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The best personal essays from a contested region, from Belt Publishing’s ten years as a press.

Everyone has an opinion on the Rust Belt—whether it’s the “real America” or a place that no longer exists called by a name that has long outlived its usefulness, as our own president has said. But undeniably, there’s something that connects the post-industrial cities. Maybe the question isn’t what defines that connection, but who.

Over the past ten years, Belt Publishing has been putting out books that prioritize the voices of the many people who live here. We’ve collected our favorite writing from across our collections, from Pittsburgh to Detroit, Chicago to St. Louis, Milwaukee to Cleveland, and more. Here, writers document growing up in segregated St. Louis and elucidate the coded Islamophobia of southern Michigan. Writers include Megan Stielstra, 2022 Missouri Author of the Year Vivian Gibson, Aaron Foley, Kathleen Rooney, Sarah Kendzior, and more.

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