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2 Questions with Belt publisher, Anne Trubek!

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We wanted to take a moment to spotlight one of the terrific presses that we have coming to Columbus for Jeni's Splendid Indie Book & Music Fair, which is FREE, and will take place Saturday, May 13 from 11am - 5pm.

In addition to independent publishers showing off their wares, we'll also have record labels joining us, panel discussions, music sets, author readings, magic, and it's all FREE and open to the public.

Today, we wanted to introduce you to Belt, a press based in Cleveland, through two questions with their publisher, Anne Trubek.

Q: What is Belt?

Belt is an independent small press publishing quality non-fiction about the Midwest. Founded in 2013, we have published eight city anthologies, in which residents of Rust Belt cities tell the stories of their cities, from the inside-out. Our Notches imprint showcases great writing in shorter books on topics such as Midwestern speech, literature, environmentalism, history and politics. We also have an online magazine that publishes Rust Belt journalism. Both the press and the magazine believe in quality over quantity and community over analytics.

Q: What do you enjoy or find inspiring about operating Belt out of Ohio?

There are so many opportunities here. Belt was founded for one simple reason: there was a gap, and we felt we could fill it. There are so many important stories about this region that have never been told or have been forgotten. The community understands the importance of what we are doing, and cheers us on at every stage. It's inspiring, gratifying, and fun.

Catch Belt and pick up some of their publications at Jeni's Splendid Indie Book & Music Fair on Saturday, May 13, any time from 11am - 5pm. The fair is FREE, so, no excuses!