Anne Trubek

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Anne Trubek is an author and founder and director of Belt Publishing. She has written The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, and A Skeptic’s Guide to Writers’ Houses,.[1][2] She co-edited Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology and edited Voices from the Rust Belt.[3] Rust Belt Chic became serialized as Belt Magazine, a web publication and the first publication from Belt Publishing.[4] Since Trubek founded it as a membership-driven nonprofit in 2013, Belt Publishing has brought out essay collections, guidebooks, and fiction about the culture and landscapes of the Midwest, developing a reputation for combining a regional focus with political and intellectual seriousness and a sense of literary history.[5] Trubek also publishes articles about the Midwest in other media, as for instance her 2016 essay in The Atlantic on her "low-overhead life" in the Midwest, an article that was a response to Neal Gabler's essay on his own troubled finances.[6][7]

Trubek was a professor of rhetoric and composition at Oberlin College and then began freelance writing to earn more money.[8][9] She was a literary columnist for GOOD Magazine.[10] Trubek's works are often concerned with the social history of widespread aspects of reading and writing, including the history of handwriting—she was an early advocate of phasing out the teaching of cursive—the emergence of paperback novels, and the trend toward making popular writers’ houses into museums.[11][12][2]

Personal life[edit]

Trubek is from Madison, Wisconsin.[4] She attended Oberlin College. She is divorced and has one son.[13]


  1. ^ "The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  2. ^ a b "A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses". Anne Trubek. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  3. ^ "Voices from the Rust Belt - Anne Trubek". US Macmillan. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  4. ^ a b Errico, Sally. "The Woman Who Is Telling the Story of the Rust Belt". Lenny Letter. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  5. ^ Kirch, Claire (2018-06-21). "Broader List Spurs Growth at Belt Publishing". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  6. ^ Trubek, Anne (2 May 2016). "Opting Out of Coastal Madness to Live a Low-Overhead Life". The Atlantic. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  7. ^ Gabler, Story by Neal. "The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans". The Atlantic. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  8. ^ Trubek, Anne (2004-02-20). "When a Spousal Hire Becomes a Single Mom". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  9. ^ Trubek, Anne (2013-04-08). "Giving Up Tenure? Who Does That?". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  10. ^ "Moving Beyond 'Catcher' On School Reading Lists". 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  11. ^ Trubek, Anne (2010-03-30). "How the Paperback Novel Changed Popular Literature". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  12. ^ "Bye-Bye, Cursive – Lingua Franca - Blogs". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  13. ^ Trubek, Anne (2010-02-26). "Was joint custody a mistake?". Salon. Retrieved 2020-01-01.

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