#Trowback to Falcon Theatre's performance of Pauletta Hansel's Coal Town Photograph in January 2020. This was one of the last in-person programs before the first COVID-19 lockdown. Luckily, there will be another performance on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 PM at Parish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton Campus! Read more about Hansel's poetry collection in this week's blog and don't forget to mark your calendars for the reprise performance.

Plus, support Santa Maria Community Services by participating in The Sharing Table! This event will take place on Thursday, September 30th from 6 - 9pm at ARCO, a new event space in Price Hill. Join them for dinner, raffles, music, and other fun activities.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Lower Price Hill Thrives
A groundbreaking ceremony happened yesterday for Lower Price Hill Thrives - a 47 unit affordable housing project sponsored by Community Matters which UACC has reported about as the community fought for City approval of a city match for $9m state and private funding. The delays made Community Matters have to raise another million due to the lumber shortage and price increases. View photos of the ceremony and more at



Black Book Fair and Open Mic

Friday, September 3, 6-11pm

Hit the Mic Cincy's "Black Book Fair & Open Mic" presented by Regal Rhythms Poetry LLC on Friday, September 3, 2021, from 6-11 p.m @ Oasis at Grace, 5524 Belmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 was created to welcome and inform all races about the publishing process, and to create an opportunity to support and encourage aspiring authors and published authors within the community, who are black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC). They have both BK Royston and S.H.E. Publishing LLC from the National Black Bookfair coming to do presentations and be included in our panel discussion for published authors to help others learn the process and obstacles of publishing and encourage more authorship representation. Regular admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $40 if you are a book vendor. Their vendors will be published authors pitching, promoting, and selling their books. If you are interested in vending (authors only) and/or being part of the panel, please contact MoPoetry @ 513-344-0870. Get your tickets today! Free parking on site, on street, or across the street at the College Hill Recreation Center.

Miami University Appalachian Studies Presents: Coal Town Photograph
Tuesday, September 14 @ 7 PM

"Coal Town Photograph" speaks directly to the urban Appalachian experience of leaving home and returning to find things have forever changed. Based on the book by Pauletta Hansel, this unique presentation blends poetry, music by Raison D’Etre, and theatrical performance by Falcon Takes Flight—an outreach wing of Falcon Theater in Northern Kentucky. "Coal Town Photograph" does not shy away from the contemporary problems that plague both rural and urban Appalachians, capturing the mixed feelings so many Appalachians have toward their homes as we look at the changes we see over time, changes that are simply inevitable, and changes that are genuinely tragic. Following the performance, join writer Pauletta Hansel for a Q&A session. Hansel is author of eight poetry collections, including "Palindrome", winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry. She is from eastern Kentucky and was Cincinnati’s first poet laureate (2016-2018).

Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton Campus. Free, public event, part of Citizenship and Democracy Week at Miami Regionals. No reservation required, but rsvp encouraged:

Santa Maria Community Services Annual Fundraiser: The Sharing Table
Thursday, September 30 from 6-9 PM @ 3301 Price Hill Ave

Support Santa Maria by participating in The Sharing Table! This event will take place on September 30th from 6 - 9pm at ARCO, a new event space in Price Hill. Join them for dinner, raffles, music, and other fun activities.

MC: Bob Herzog
Guest Speaker: Dr. O'dell Owens

Visit to register and buy handcrafted ceramics courtesy of Queen City Clay.

About 40% of children in Cincinnati live below the federal poverty level. All proceeds raised during The Sharing Table benefit Santa Maria's programs that help alleviate this issue.

"I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing": Ohio Appalachian Voices
Submission portal open August 1-November 15

A “call for poetry” focused on the unique culture of Ohio's Appalachian population–located in Central Appalachia, with roots steeped in traditional southern ways. A one-of-a-kind collection, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A copy of the anthology will be sent to all 732 libraries throughout Ohio and to selected Ohio Appalachian school libraries.

Learn more HERE.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Incentives begin Aug 1-Oct 31 or until funds are expended
Have you heard about the new opportunities available for families in need of housing? Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority has new vouchers and an incentive program for property owners who lease-up with new HCV Participants.

Emergency Housing Vouchers
  • CMHA awarded 246 EHVs to assist families struggling with homelessness or fleeing domestic violence
  • Recipients must meet one of 4 criteria and complete a brief online assessment
  • Click here for full details
New Property Owner Incentive
  • A $2000 payment will be made to owners who provide a home to families leasing through the New Admissions process
  • Incentives begin August 1 and end October 31, 2021 or until funds are expended
  • Click here for full details
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