Anisfield-Wolf Award Winners

A short list will be selected in consultation with community partner Karen Long before the first workshop, emphasizing those authors who have won the award with connections to the Rust Belt region. Special attention will be given to the 2023 award cycle. See

Belt Publishers (Short List); A full list of titles is available: and is searchable by city and state. We will also make use of the twice-monthly newsletter “The Dispatch.” Finally, Belt has a list of “revivals” (authors who wrote in and about the region but who are currently out of print) available here: For more on narrative non-fiction:

Christman, Phil. Midwest Futures, 2020.

Crissman, Dan, editor. Cartography by Evan Tachovsky & David Wilson. Cleveland in 50 Maps, 2019.

Cunningham, Randy. Democratizing Cleveland: The Rise and Fall of Community Organizing in Cleveland, Ohio, 1975–1985, 2018.

Hurley, Amanda Kolson. Radical Suburbs, 2019.

Jolie, Raechel Anne. Rust Belt Femme, 2021.

Pangrace, Meredith. Rust Belt Vegan Kitchen, 2021.

Piiparinen, Richey and Anne Trubeck, editors. Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, 2012.

Schnurr, Ryan. In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River, 2017.

Trubek, Anne. The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, 2016.

Turbell, Ida. The History of the Standard Oil Company (1904), 2018.

Cleveland as Case Study

Local Journalism

“A Greater Cleveland” (series in The Plain Dealer) Belt Magazine:

Eddings, Amy. “Divided by Design: Tracking Neighborhood Racial Segregation in Cleveland.”

Freshwater Cleveland:

Project Noir:

The Land:

Regional History

Anderson, David R. and Gladys Haddad. Anthology of Western Reserve Literature. Kent State University Press, 1992.

Clayton, John Lloyd. Voices from the Rust Belt. Picador Press, 2018.

DeAloia, Michael. Lost Cleveland: Seven Wonders of the Sixth City. The History Press, 2010.

DeMarco, Laura. Lost Cleveland. Pavilion Press, 2017.

Grabowski, John J. and Diane Ewart Grabowski. Cleveland Then and Now. Thunder Bay Press, 2002.

Hammack, David C., Diane Ewart Grabowski, and John J. Grabowski. Identity, Conflict, and Cooperation: Central Europeans in Cleveland, 1850-1930. Western Reserve Historical Society, 2002.

Hatcher, Harlan. The Western Reserve: The Story of New Connecticut in Ohio, Bobbs-Merrill, 1949.

Keating, W. Dennis, Norman Krumholz, and David C. Perry, Cleveland: A Metropolitan Reader. Kent State University Press, 1995.

Keating, W. The Suburban Racial Dilemma: Housing and Neighborhoods. Temple University Press, 2010.

Kerr, Daniel. Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland, Ohio. University of Massachusetts Press, 2011.

Knepper, George. Ohio and Its People. Kent University Press, 2003.

Kusmer, Kenneth L. A Ghetto Takes Shape: Black Cleveland, 1870-1930. University of Illinois Press, 1978.

Lupold, Harry and Gladys Haddad, eds., Ohio’s Western Reserve: A Regional Reader. Kent State University Press, 1988.

Messnick, Hank. The Silent Syndicate. Macmillian, 1967.

Michney, Todd. Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900–1980. The University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Price-Spratlen, Townsand, and Guest, Avery Mason. Race and Population Change: A Longitudinal Look at Cleveland Neighborhoods. University of Washington, 1995.

Reece, Jason. Redlined: The History of Race and Real Estate in Cleveland & Its Relationship to Health Equity Today: an Interim Findings Working Session with the Place Matters Team for Cuyahoga County, April 14th, 2014 – Brooklyn, OH. United States, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity & The City & Regional Planning Program at the Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University, 2014.

Rose, William Ganson. Cleveland: The Making of A City, 19th ed. Kent State University Press, 1990.

Rothstein, Richard. The Color of Law. Liveright Publishing, 2017.

Sledge, Daniel. Health Divided: Public Health and Individual Medicine in the Making of the Modern American State. University Press of Kansas, 2017.

Swenson, Kyle. Good Kids, Bad City: A Story of Race and Wrongful Conviction in America. Picador, 2019.

Tittle, Diana. A Foundation for Growth: The Dramatic Work of Steven D. Minter and the Cleveland Foundation. Cleveland Foundation, 2002.

Thrope, Jan. Inner Visions: Grass Roots Stories of Truth and Hope. Orange Frazier Press, 2011.

VanTassel, David D. and John J. Grabowski, Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Indiana University Press, 1996.

Rust Belt Fiction

Chaon, Dan. Await Your Reply (2009).

DeCapite, Raymond. The Coming of Fabrizze (1960).

Goldbach, Eliese Colette. Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit (2020).

Hawley, Richard. The Headmaster’s Papers (1983).

Sinclair, Jo. The Changelings (1955).

Schultz, Connie. Daughters of Erietown (2020).

Rust Belt Poetry

Harris, francine j., allegiance. Wayne State University Press, 2012.

May, Jamaal, Hum. Alice James Books, Farmington, ME, 2013.

Neville, Megan, Rust Belt Love Song. Game Over Books, 2019.

Rattle #57: Rust Belt Poets, Fall 2017. Rattle Foundation, 2017.

Warner, Jim, Actual Miles. Sundress Publications, 2017.

Rust Belt Film Series (See also: “Belt’s Instant Rust Belt Film Festival”)

American Splendor (2003).

Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City (2006).

Knife Skills (2018).

Little Fires Everywhere (2020).

The Soil Brothers (2019).

Public Humanities and Community-Based Journalism Resources from Humanities for All:

Abdurraqib, Hanif. A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, 2021.

Falck, Noah. “A Reading Series Hosted in an Abandoned Industrial Silo: Reading Across America: Buffalo’s Silo City Reading Series.” Literary Hub, March 22, 2018.

Markusen, Ann and Anne Gadwa. Creative Placemaking: A White Paper for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. Washington, DC: Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the National Endowment for the Arts, Oct. 2010),

Markusen, Ann and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus. “Creative Placemaking: How to Do it Well.” Community Development Investment Review. 2014, issue 02, p. 35-42.

McCarthy, Kevin F., Elizabeth Heneghan Ondaatje, and Jennifer L. Novak. Arts and Culture in the Metropolis: Strategies for Sustainability, RAND Corporation, 2007.

Smulyan, Susan. Doing Public Humanities, 2020.

Strange, Sharan. “‘Total Life Is What We Want’: A Brief History of The Dark Room Collective.” Mosaic Magazine. May 12, 2013. First appeared Mosaic #16, Fall 2006.

Wenzel, Andrea. Community-Centered Journalism: Engaging People, Exploring Solutions, and Building Trust, 2020.

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