These three titles offer a sweeping look at the Midwest—from Western Pennsylvania to Kansas, Minnesota to Appalachia—through three different lenses.
Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest, edited by Terrion L. Williamson, brings the voices of Black Midwesterners front and center. Filled with compelling personal narratives, thought-provoking art, and searing commentaries, this anthology explores the various meanings and experiences of Blackness.
"[A] timely, compelling collection that allows predominantly Black Midwesterners to reclaim their home, histories, and future."—Jen Cox, Chicago Review of Books
Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America, edited by Ryan Schuessler and Kevin Whiteneir, Jr., tells the story of the Midwest as a queer place, where the queer people of its cities, farms, and suburbs do not exist only to serve as “blue dots” within “red states.”
"Sweeter Voices Still is a marvelous ode to humanity and its passions, but it is also a reminder that LGBTQ individuals and communities (and those who exist outside the confines of the acronym) have always kept the Heartland beating."—Mike Kuhlenbeck, Little Village
Red State Blues: Stories from Midwestern Life on the Left, edited by Martha Bayne, speaks to the lived experience of progressives, activists, and ordinary Democrats pushing back against simplistic narratives of the Midwest as "Trump Country." They've been there all along, and as the essays in this collection demonstrate, they're not leaving anytime soon.
"Instead of seeing this collection as a gathering of frustrated liberal voices eager to be heard above the nativist din, Red State Blues is closer to a blues lament." Chris Barsanti, Rain Taxi Review of Books
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