From survival to a culinary art form, "Shucky" beans are an Appalachian food staple here to stay. From breaking the beans to canning and cooking them, preparing shuck beans is a neighborhood and family affair. Learn more about the nuances of these legumes in this week's blog post by Mike Templeton and don't forget to share your favorite recipe for us to feature during our (Virtual) Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year on January 17 from 1-3 PM.

Plus, an upcoming poetry class with Core Member Pauletta Hansel, an article featuring storyteller and folklorist Omopé Carter Daboiku, and a reminder about our upcoming Virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year event on January 17 from 1-3 PM.

Dear Friend: An epistolary Poetry Class with Pauletta Hansel
Poems as letter, letters as poems:

In this four-week online writing workshop we will:
• Read and discuss a range of letter poems, including those from Friend, epistolary poetry from the early days of the COVID pandemic.
• Use writing and revision prompts to help us write our own poems from this rich and varied epistolary poetry tradition.
• Share work publicly in a virtual reading (date TBA) at the conclusion of the class (optional).

Mondays, February 1,8,15 & 22, 2021 from 4-6 PM.

Registration: $80 for four-week series includes a copy of Friend. Contact Pauletta at for information and registration; space is limited. Zoom link will be provided to registered participants.

For more information about Friend, or to order it, click here.

West Dayton Stories: Looking To Ancestors For Solace And Inspiration - WYSO 91.3

Storyteller and folklorist Omopé Carter Daboiku draws on the deep well of her Appalachian forebears in her professional life, but that heritage has also proven to be a source of solace and inspiration in these tough times.

Read what Omopé has to say about her heritage and  coronavirus in the full article HERE.


UACC's First-Ever Virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year Event
Are you ready for a new year? Although 2020 presented its many challenges, The Urban Appalachian Community has a lot to celebrate as we enter 2021! Join the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition for our first-ever VIRTUAL "Ringin' In an Appalachian New Year" event on Sunday, January 17 from 1-3 PM via Zoom.
While we will miss the opportunity to gather face-to-face, sharing food, and swapping stories, we are working together to make the virtual celebration as warm and down home as we can. Luckily many of our bands are family bands, which means they can stay safe in their homes and still perform for us in ours. Our virtual Ringin' In an Appalachian New Year will include old-time & bluegrass music by Russ & Barb Childers, Pineridge Partners, Roscoe Morgan, Intergenerational Fiddle Cult, Carter Bridge Duo, and Tellico Family Band. And yes, storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku will be back to emcee the festivities.
We couldn’t figure out how to do a potluck online, but how about a recipe swap!? Click HERE to share your favorite potluck or other recipes, and we’ll share these virtually during the program in a Zoom breakout room where we can show the recipes and tell the stories behind them. Cooking demonstrations are most welcome during this time. Eating demonstrations too!
Since we are keeping our onscreen event shorter than our regular live event, we’ll have less time for music in what we are calling the “main stage,” so we will have a separate breakout room for an Open Mic of poetry, stories, and music hosted by Sherry Cook Stanforth. Anybody who wants to share can join that “room” and share a short set (four minutes or less). And since we can’t sit around the tables and talk, we’ll have yet another breakout rooms for gabbing. We’re calling it the "Smoking"/Hangout Room, but we promise it will be smoke-free!
What is this room thing we keep talking about? Don’t worry, we’ll show you when you sign in!
And one more thing not to worry about—Barb Childers is still leading our annual Appalachian Memories Word Quilt. You can share your story in advance HERE or type into the Chat in Zoom (we’ll tell you how to use Chat).  We’ll all get to hear Omope share some of these stories during the event.
As long time organizer Nancy Laird says, “Ringin’ in an Appalachian New Year is all about respecting old traditions and creating new ones! Each year is a little different, based on who shows up. But one thing is for sure, by the time it’s over we’re all family.”
So join us for both old and new traditions on Sunday, January 17, 2021, 1-3 pm for Ringin’ In an Appalachian New Year!

Milky Way Accent - An online reading of the late Bob Synder's Poems by his friends and fans
Tuesday, January 12 @ 7 PM

Bob Snyder was an igniting force in the Appalachian Literary Movement of the 1970s, influencing a whole new generation of writers. He wrote with a “milky way accent,” never negating the particularity of that mountainous part of the galaxy from which he hailed, but never accepting anyone else’s definition of what being an Appalachian poet should mean.

Readers: Bob Baber, Jerry Felty, Scott Goebel, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, Mike Henson, Roger Hicks, Kirk Judd, Eddy Pendarvis, Dale Marie Prenatt, and Sherrell Wigal.

Registration required. Register HERE.

UACC's First-Ever Virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year
Sunday, January 17 from 1-3 PM

This year has presented its many challenges and although we can not gather to ring in the New Year, we can certainly celebrate virtually.

Mark your calendars for UACC's first all virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year event in January. Participants can expect storytelling, poetry, recipe swapping, bluegrass & old-time music, and great company - as always! 

Check back in for more details about this event and how to register in next week's newsletter and make sure to follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
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