This week, Mike Templeton catches up with Core Member, Nancy Laird, who is working from Santa Maria in Lower Price Hill where she helps connect people with public assistance. The impact of the coronavirus has also greatly impacted this neighborhood, home to many urban Appalachian families. Keep scrolling to read the blog post to learn more!

In case you've been away from social media over the past few weeks, we have highlighted a recent social media series in which we share excerpts from published works written for and by members of the Appalachian community. Read more about it in the Core Column and be sure to check out the local and national articles and events below.

Posts from the Frank Foster Memorial Library

The Frank Foster Memorial Library houses UACC’s collection of books and journals, many collected by Dr. Frank Foster. Many important works on the history and culture of Appalachia are available for researchers.

We've been digging through some amazing published works written by and about Appalachian people, culture, and social issues. There are many stories within this library that touch on many subjects that parallel modern issues still affecting Appalachian communities.

We post two excerpts a week on Thursdays and Saturdays. Be sure to follow us on Facebook so you don't miss another post!

A Poem From Pauletta Hansel - WXVU
On Friday, Cincinnati Public Radio (WXVU) shared a recording of a poem Pauletta Hansel wrote back in 2017 when she was Poet Laureate of Cincinnati. Listen here!

"The Tale of Queer Appalachia"
On Monday, The Washington Post published an article, written by Emma Copley Eisenburg, about the lack of transparency from Queer Appalachia (QA), a popular Instagram account and “artist collective.” The Instagram account began by sharing content about “the lives and culture of queer people across Appalachia — playful memes about Dolly Parton and cornbread” but soon expanded, collecting money to support social initiatives in the region. Read it here.
2020 Census Information
Cincinnati Counts wants to make sure that all Cincinnatians get counted in the 2020 census. They are doing blitzes in 42 neighborhoods using popup sites in visible spaces. If you know of a good site for this let Mike Maloney ( know. The schedule for the neighborhoods and other entities is below. Westside neighborhoods are in August.

COVID-19 Testing Sites in August

Virtual Robert Gipe: Summer Library Picnics
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 6:30-8:00 PM

A finalist for the 2019 Weatherford Award in Fiction, Weedeater is a contemporary story of love and loss told by a pair of eastern Kentucky mountaineers. Gene is a lovelorn landscaper who bears witness to the misadventures of a family entangled in drugs, artmaking, and politics. Dawn is a young mother searching—for lost family members, lost youth, lost community, and lost heart.

Picking up six years after the end of Robert Gipe’s acclaimed first novel, Trampoline, Weedeater is set in a community living through the last hurrah of the coal industry and the most turbulent and deadly phase of the battle with opioid abuse. The events Gipe chronicles are frantic. Weedeater is a story about how we put our lives back together when we lose things we thought we couldn’t bear losing, and how we find new purpose in what we thought were scraps and trash caught in the weeds.

Robert Gipe won the 2015 Weatherford Award for outstanding Appalachian novel for his first novel Trampoline. Gipe grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee and resides in Harlan, Kentucky. From 1997 to 2018, he directed the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Appalachian Program in Harlan.

Speaker's Bureau: Melissa Mosby
Thursday, August 13

This pay-what-you-can event features Melissa Mosby who will share her story and discuss issues affecting people experiencing homelessness in our region, solutions to ending homelessness, and efforts in progress. The event virtual event will end with an open discussion with Melissa and Dr. Mark, Director of Education at the Homeless Coalition.

Melissa joined the Speakers Bureau in 2015. Melissa is an engaging community member who wears many hats speaker, mother, and Streetvibes Distributor, just to name a few. Melissa had lived on the streets of Over-the-Rhine for many years but now she is experiencing housing insecurity due to displacement in the West End. Today, she is using her bright personality and hardworking attitude to create a better life for herself and her family. She brings her story to those it can help, by building empathy and solidarity across communities. Get tickets HERE.

Over-the-Rhine People's Movement Virtual Tour
Saturday, August 15

The Homeless Coalitions Social Justice Walking Tour focuses on
the historical and contemporary struggles and successes of the Over-the-Rhine Peoples Movement. This virtual tour will use photography and storytelling to take you through the streets, alleys, and parks of the neighborhood and clarify the meaning and direction of decades of neglect and today's investment. Learn and see for yourself what gentrification looks like and how displacement affects community members.

Topics covered include:
  • Cincinnati History
  • Housing Laws and Discrimination
  • Over-the-Rhine Peoples Movement
  • Hostile Design and Architecture
  • Privatization and loss of Public Space
  • Non-profit advocacy and service organizations
  • Single Room Occupancies (SROs)
  • Cincinnati's 2001 Rebellion against police brutality
  • Gentrification and displacement
This pay-what-you-can event will end with an open discussion. Get tickets HERE.
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