Voices from the Rust Belt

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:00pm

Literati is honored to host contributors from the new essay collection Voices from the Rust Belt.

About Voices from the Rust Belt:
Where is America's Rust Belt? It's not quite a geographic region but a linguistic one, first introduced as a concept in 1984 by Walter Mondale. In the modern vernacular, it's closely associated with the "Post-Industrial Midwest," and includes Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York. The region reflects the country's manufacturing center, which, over the past forty years, has been in decline. In the 2016 election, the Rust Belt's economic woes became a political talking point, and helped pave the way for a Donald Trump victory. But the region is neither monolithic nor easily understood. The truth is much more nuanced. Voices From the Rust Belt pulls together a distinct variety of voices from people who call the region home. Voices that emerge from familiar Rust Belt cities-- Detroit, Cleveland, Flint, and Buffalo, among others -- and observe, with grace and sensitivity, the changing economic and cultural realities for generations of Americans. The anthology is a collection of the best non-fiction essays published in Belt Magazine, a critically-acclaimed regional magazine, and has been artfully put together by publisher and founder Anne Trubek

Anne Trubek is the founder and director of Belt Publishing. She is the author of The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting and A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses, and the co-editor of Rust Belt Chic: The
Cleveland Anthology.

Ryan Schurr is a writer and photographer from northeast Indiana. He is the author of In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River.

Connor Coyne has written two novels--Shattering Glass and Hungry Rats--and Atlas, a colleciton of short stories, all inspired by the past, present, and future of Flint, Michigan. He lives in Flint with his wife, two daughters, and an adopted rabbit.

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Voices from the Rust Belt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250162977
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - April 3rd, 2018