During a time when everything seems to be at a standstill, Appalachian writers seem to be unfazed as they crank out new literary projects and adapt to virtual alternatives. Richard Hague is certainly living proof of this, serving as the President of the Literary Club of Cincinnati. Learn more about his role and his other accolades in this week's blog.

We feature urban Appalachian artists not only on our blog but also in our virtual Cultural Resources Directory. Connect with fellow urban Appalachians that boast a variety of careers, talents, crafts, and other artistries. We invite you to create your own profile! Become part of our network by signing up at

Catch up on the Story Gathering Project! Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring new "Video Quilts," or interview clips "stitched" together to form a themed video. This week, we hear from urban Appalachians about music - we're talking old time and bluegrass music! From festivals to family bands, music is paramount to urban and rural Appalachian culture and identity. 

Urban Appalachians come from all walks of life with varying identities and lived experiences; no one story is the same. The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition is looking to preserve some of those memories and aspects of identity indefinitely through our Story Gathering Project. We are collecting and conducting interviews with people who identify as urban Appalachian. Learn more at

Pauletta Hansel Writer-in-Residence Upcoming Programs
  1. Writing Our Lives Workshop Memories, “abiding images,” family stories, reflections on the relationship between our current experiences and our lives today: these are the raw material for memoir. In this workshop, teen and adult participants will be prompted to write freely about meaningful memories and/or family stories, and then offered craft and revision activities to help develop those stories into engaging and insightful creative nonfiction pieces. Saturday, January 29. 2-3:30 pm, via Zoom.
  2. February Virtual Office Hours The focus will be on memoir, offering those who attended the Saturday workshop a chance to read a bit of what they wrote, and to discuss how to continue. But all are welcome, regardless of genre and whether you attended the workshop, and we’ll discuss as many of your questions and ideas as we can. Wednesday, February 2, Noon-1 pm.
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Kari Gunter-Seymour reappointed Ohio's Poet Laureate
Third generation Athens Countian Kari Gunter-Seymour is is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) and a retired instructor in The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. In addition to being named Ohio's poet laureate nearly two years ago, Gunter-Seymour was selected to receive the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award, a 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship Award, and to serve as a 2021 Pillar of Prosperity Fellow for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Read on HERE.

Inside the Writer’s Head Podcast: Bonus Episode with Pauletta Hansel
On this bonus episode of the “Inside the Writer’s Head” podcast, Dani McClain interviews the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library's 2022 Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel, opens a new window. Pauletta is a poet, memoirist, teacher, editor, and the author of nine poetry collections including her newest book, Heartbreak Tree, coming in 2022. She served as the first poet laureate of Cincinnati from April 2016 through March 2018. She received her M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte and an M.Ed. from Xavier University.  

Listen in to this wide-ranging interview covering teaching, poetry, community engagement through writing, and Pauletta's plans for her first year as Writer-in-Residence.

Story Gathering Project Video Quilt: Music

Hear from urban Appalachians about music - we're talking old time and bluegrass music! From festivals to family bands, music is paramount to urban and rural Appalachian culture and identity. 

Interested in learning how to play the banjo or in need of an instrument?
A banjo and two instructional books were recently donated to UACC. If you or someone you know is interested in acquiring these materials, please contact Mike Maloney ( or Jeff Dey (
United Way Free Tax Prep

Tax season is upon us. You, or someone you know, may benefit from United Way’s Free Tax Prep program.

Free Tax Prep is available to Greater Cincinnatians with low or moderate incomes, and filing is even more important this year. Individuals and families can claim stimulus and Child Tax Credit payments missed in 2021 only by filing taxes. Most who use Free Tax Prep also are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

United Way helped 7,000 people avoid more than $2 million in tax filing fees last year, while collecting more than $10 million in refunds!

Get started HERE.

MLK Day 2022
The MLK Coalition is grateful for your support as a sponsor of MLK Day 2022. They hope you will also help them invite people to join the march and enjoy the Commemorative Program at Music Hall on January 17. Please share it far and wide with your constituents so that we can carry Dr. King's message throughout the city that "Your Freedom and My Freedom are Bound Together!"

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