Rust Belt Rising Almanac Book Release

Philadelphia Publisher Explores Urban Renewal With Release of Contemporary Almanac

Philadelphia Publisher, Nic Esposito, Explores Urban Renewal With Release of Contemporary Almanac

Taken from Clair Margheim (Head & The Hand Press) – The Head & The Hand Press will celebrate the renewal and growth occurring in Rust Belt cities with a book release party and a Free Library of Philadelphia discussion panel of the publication, The Rust Belt Rising Almanac. The Almanac is a collection of stories and snapshots about growth, change and loss in America’s Rust Belt cities – from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and Cleveland to Detroit.

Neighbors, friends and those in the Philadelphia surrounding area are invited to the Frankford Avenue First Friday on June 7 to stop in participating shops, where the almanac will be showcased, for a celebration of literature and renewal, sponsored by New Kensington Community Development Corporation. The night will also include a reading by Almanac contributor Jeffrey Ziga of Little Baby’s Ice Cream atop their parklet, along with an Almanac inspired ice cream flavor. The celebration will continue into the evening with a dance party at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym’s beautifully renovated warehouse workspace.

Among the Frankford Avenue participants are: Johnny Brenda’s, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Pizza Brain, Soup Kitchen Cafe and The Rocket Cat Cafe, plus Bottle Bar East, Catch & Release, Circle of Hope Gallery, The Garage, Two Percent to Glory and Walking Fish Theatre.

“The release of this almanac is dedicated to the neighborhood we made it in, and the Rust Belt cities throughout the United States. We can’t wait to celebrate the renewal by hardworking people and businesses in neighborhoods just like Kensington,” says founder of The Head & The Hand Press Nic Esposito.

The celebration of the Almanac will extend to a discussion panel held at the Free Library of Philadelphia on June 19. The discussion will include insight into the process of creating a contemporary almanac with panelists Nic Esposito, editorial director Linda Gallant, and designer Angela Miles, with a reading by Almanac contributors: photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge of Kensington Blues and Liz Moore, author of the critically acclaimed novel Heft

About The Head & The Hand Press

The Head & The Hand Press is a craft publishing company based in Philadelphia. Our mission is to create equitable relationships between authors and the tools they need to craft a book, while being intentional about the work we produce and the people who are producing it. Inspired by the growing movement of artisans who are reviving Philadelphia’s fractured post-industrial landscape into a local network of quality craft manufacturing, the Press strives to support the local writing community and produce books with the power to change and to entertain. For more information, please visit: or

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