The Rust Belt Rising Almanac is a beautiful anthology of narratives from what is new and inspiring in post-industrial American cities from the Head and the Hand Press, a small, craft publisher startup based in Fishtown, Philadelphia.
The anthology was released Friday. I met the Press’s founder Nic Esposito a couple years ago in Center City and have followed him since, moved by his own publishing startup story. He has a space on Frankford Avenue that serves as something of a creative writing coworking space — a monthly fee to be part of the strong community he’s created. When I saw his call for submissions, I knew I wanted to take part and am proud I was selected along with a dozen far more accomplished, talented fiction writers.
The anthology is worth the $17, so you should buy it here. Below I have the first few grafs of my small submission, find the rest in the book itself.
It was very strange for Reginald to be back.
Not like walking into your childhood bedroom for the first time in years and it looking the exact same, but like walking into your childhood bedroom for the first time in years and finding someone had built a row of modern, high-priced townhouses in the middle of it.
“This block of Almond Street was always a good one,” said Reginald, riding in the passenger seat alongside the square-jawed real estate agent who was parking the car.
“Exactly,” said the agent. “And this property is completely renovated: central air, two updated bathrooms, remodeled kitchen and ceiling fans throughout.”