Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology


Coming in August from Belt Publishing …. it’s a book, edited by me. A book about Chicago and how it relates to the Rust Belt, and doesn’t. Inside are essays, personal narratives, journalism, fiction, and poetry from 52 contributors. On the outside is this beautiful piece of art, created by Chicago legend Tony Fitzpatrick.

By the time the book comes out August 10 I’ll have been working on it for a good 18 months — months in which a lot has changed, some of which caused me to want to rip up the manuscript and start all over again. It’s been slow going, but I’m thrilled with the end result, and I hope readers will be too. The contributors are old and young, experienced and never-published; they approach their material literally and lyrically; the connections to our stated theme are sometimes direct and sometimes downright elusive, but throughout these writers bring their full talent to bear, with humor and ferocity and insight.

Preorder the book now and be the first on your block to get a copy, hot off the presses — and get a free Belt tote bag to boot! And if you’re in Chicago keep your eyes open for news of a release party in early August. We can’t wait.