Rust Belt Chicago collects essays, journalism, fiction, and poetry from more than fifty writers who speak both directly and elliptically to the concerns the city shares with the region at large, and the elements that set it apart. With affection and curiosity, frustration, anger, and joy, the writers sing to each other like the bird on the cover. At times the song sings in harmony and at others sounds in notes of strategic dissonance. But taken as a whole, this book sings one song, responding to one cacophonous city.
We're thrilled to welcome several contributors to The Rust Belt Chicago Anthology.
Rachel Z. Arndt has written for Popular Mechanics, Quartz, the Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She received MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She lives in Chicago.
Martha Bayne is a Chicago writer and a senior editor with Belt Publishing. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Baffler, Chicago Reader, Latterly, the Rumpus, and Belt Magazine.
Elaine Hegwood Bowen earned undergraduate and graduate journalism degrees from Roosevelt University and has been writing for the Chicago Crusader newspaper since 1994. She is the author of Old School Adventures from Englewood — South Side of Chicago.
Gretchen Kalwinski’s work has appeared in the Chicago Reader, Stop Smiling, Time Out Chicago, Make Literary Magazine, and Featherproof Books. She has appeared as a panelist on WGN radio and Chicago Tonight, and was awarded a 2009 Ragdale artist residency. She holds an MFA in writing from Northwestern University.
Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications. She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), Heart Radicals(ELJ Publications, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra’s poetry appears widely in Subtropics, Ecotone, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Blackbird, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at the Rumpus, Words Without Borders, Mid-American Review, Whiskey Island, and elsewhere. Sandy earned an MFA in Creative Writing in Poetry from George Mason University and is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at Aurora University.