Did you know Cincinnati's own Parsley Pottery (owned and operated by an urban Appalachian family) have made their way inside the White House, the Governor's Mansion in Kentucky, and the office of the Mayor of Cincinnati? You may have seen them at your local farmers or flea market. Their pieces are functional, durable, and feature traditional American art. Check out their story and pottery catalog in the blog post below.

Also, check out some upcoming writing workshops/events from Core Member Pauletta Hansel, summer activities from the Cincinnati Public Libraries, and publication announcements from some of your favorite Appalachain writers.

Summertime Writing News from Paulleta Hansel
1.) Lexington Poetry Month (LexPoMo): The basic premise: sign up to commit to a daily poem writing practice and submit as many as you choose to be published on the Lexington Poetry Month Website: One poem by each person who shares at least five online will be published in the anthology, which this year Pauletta has the honor of editing. It is a warm, affirming and nonjudgmental (even if you don’t manage a poem a day) community and we encourage you to sign up—even if you’ve never been to Lexington.

2.) Knobs Haven Writing Retreats for Women: The retreat is a time for writing and sharing in community with a wealth of unstructured alone time for writing, reading, reflecting and resting. 
  • August 6-8, 2021 , with an optional stay until Monday, August 9
  • December 3-5 , 2021, with an optional stay until Monday, December 6
  • March 4-6, 2022 , with an optional stay until Monday, March 7
  • May 20-22, 2022, with an optional stay until Monday, May 23: A themed retreat co-led by Marta Donahoe and me for women exploring their transition into elderhood.
  • All Friday, 4 pm –Sunday/Monday 1 pm.
$210 weekend/$290 till Monday. Nonrefundable $25 deposit will hold your spot; remainder due six weeks before each retreat.
Reduced “early-bird” full payment option of $185/$265. Early-bird deadline three months prior to retreat; refundable minus deposit only if space can be filled.
Includes facilitation, workshop material, lodging and meals. (Note: due to Covid restrictions, the dining room may be temporarily unavailable, in which case we will need to bring our own meals.)

Visit Pauletta Hansel's website for more details/reserve your spot.

3.) Literary Lights: A Celebration of Summer: Join Pauletta Hansel on Sunday, July 11 at 1 PM for a reading in Minneapolis. Sign up to attend HERE.
Ohio Poet Laureate to publish an anthology aimed to represent and educate about Ohio's Appalachian population

From Ohio Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymore: "Appalachian Ohio poet friends (and all who have ties to Appalachian Ohio), together we are going to lift up our people, ancestors, culture, history, the land, spiritualism, landmarks and if we are lucky, maybe a bit about our music as well. I am excited to work with you. More soon! (Many thanks to the Academy of American Poets)"


Silas House: Exploring an Appalachian Writer’s Work
Edited by Sylvia Shurbutt
Foreword by Denise Giardina

In this groundbreaking book, editor and coauthor Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt brings together established and rising scholars to discuss House and his writings through a critical lens. Various chapters address different aspects of House’s fiction and nonfiction, including the ways in which he deconstructs regional stereotypes, how he explores issues of diversity, his environmental activism, and his approach to LGBTQ issues. The collection begins with a foreword by Denise Giardina and concludes with a chapter by celebrated poet Maurice Manning exploring the lyricism that distinguishes House’s work.

Featuring an interview with House that further illuminates his philosophy and art, this timely volume offers an important critical appraisal of his oeuvre to date and illustrates why he is one of the most significant voices in Appalachian and American literature today.

Release date, June 30, 2021.



Cincinnati Public Library Summer Activities
Activities for Kids:

  • From June 1-July 31, every youth 18 and under who visits a library branch can get their free summer packet which includes: an activity booklet, a book, a take & make activity, and an early literacy calendar for PreK families. The activity booklet can also be downloaded from our web site.
  • Youth who finish 5 or more activities from their booklet may return to the Library may enter a grand prize drawing at their branch. 
  • Meals for youth will be provided at select locations.
  • Visit to find free in-person and online events for kids all summer long

Free Vaccinations at Library Locations: From now through August, the Library is offering free, drop-in vaccinations at select locations, in partnership with the Cincinnati Dept. of Health and the Hamilton County Public Health Dept. Find locations and dates in their online calendar.

Improvements at the Downtown Main Library

The library is beginning an 18 month improvement project at its Main Library, as part of its Building the Next Generation Library initiative, which is being funded by the 1 mil levy supported by taxpayers in 2018. Here’s what will happen first:

  • This summer the elevators will be replaced in the south building
  • This summer and through the fall, the skylight over the south building’s atrium will be replaced
  • In late summer the walls surrounding the north building’s Vine St. garden will be removed, to open up the space and make it more accessible

While all this work is happening, they will need to keep the Vine St. entrance closed. In addition, since most of the work is focused in the south building, they’ll be relocating services temporarily to the north building.

A Small Group Intensive with Peter Block
Saturday, June 19

This online event will explore the social architecture of creating community, connection, and change. 

The Intensive is a learning experience and practice with Peter Block and the ASG team. It is offered for people who want to deepen their understanding of engagement and the six conversations. It is for anyone who would like to take a greater role in bringing the ideas of engagement into the community. Listening well, powerful questions, and curiosity are key elements of these conversations.

Woven throughout the day, the team will share stories of how they use the ASG conversations in their personal and professional work.

The cost is $38, your time and commitment. Breaks included throughout the day. Register HERE.

Highlight YOUR Cincinnati Neighborhood in Developing Book by Local Writer
Submissions due by July 1, 2021

Nick Swartsell is editing a book about life in Cincinnati Neighborhoods. This isn't a guidebook about where to eat or shop -- it's about the social and psychological and historic contours of distinct communities in Cincinnati.
You should write something for it! Please share this if you know other folks who might want to submit something.

You have probably heard this before: Cincinnati is a city of small towns made distinct by topography and undefined, in-between spaces. They want writers to explore the Queen City’s varied neighborhoods and the places between for The Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook, an anthology by Belt Publishing. The book will be part of Belt’s Neighborhood Guidebook Series.

From Sayler Park tipping the city’s far-west tail to Mount Lookout on its eastern fringes, from Carthage to Lower Price Hill, they want essays and other written works that surprise them and tell them something about how Cincinnatians experience living in their neighborhoods, and about how your living in them shapes the city. Take us to the San Antonio Italian Chapel’s Pizza Party in South Fairmount, the boxing gym in the basement of West End’s Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses or the train yards and waterways of the Mill Creek Valley.

They’re hoping to get a diversity of voices and experiences representing as wide a sample from the city’s fifty-two distinct neighborhoods, its many informal sub-neighborhoods and outlying suburbs as possible. Yes, sure, you can submit something about Over-the-Rhine or Northside. But we also really want to hear voices from South Cumminsville, Bond Hill and East Westwood, not to mention Forest Park or Delhi and Covington or Bellevue.

Interpret the above as you wish, so long as the piece you submit is about an area in Greater Cincinnati. Longer submissions will be considered, but they’re looking for work that marries unique insight about lived experience with economy of language. Somewhere between 250 and 1,000 words would be a lovely place to end up for your essay.
Authors will be compensated.

Submissions are due by July 1, 2021. Please submit all entries to
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