Larry Smith, director of Bottom Dog Press, is an excellent representation of Appalachian literature. His writing is often influenced by urban, post-industrial areas of Appalachia, including Mingo Junction, Ohio. Bottom Dog Press is facilitated out of Huron, Ohio, and includes published authors like Sherry Cook Stanforth and Michael Henson.

Plus, many exciting events coming up like a Black Book Fair from MoPoetry, A Festival of Faiths, and a performance from UACC Core member, Pauletta Hansel. Keep reading for more.

Taking Back Appalachian Forests, One Bee at a Time - New York Times

The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective sells honey and works to revive forests left scarred and abandoned by mines. Follow the story HERE.



Low-income Ohioans who are seniors, have a medical condition, or have received a disconnect notice may be eligible for a one-time benefit to help cool their home through the HEAP Summer Crisis Program. Learn more or apply online at

The Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is surging in the United States. New data show Delta is different than past versions of the virus; it is much more contagious. While rare, some vaccinated people can get Delta in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious.
Unvaccinated people: get vaccinated and wear a mask until you do.
Everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission should wear a mask, even if they are vaccinated.

Watch the full info video here:

Cincinnati Festival of Faiths
August 22-29

4th Annual Festival of Faiths is Now Open for Registration! This year’s festival is focused around the theme, “Compassion Through Action: We are in it Together," and will deliver a program filled with interfaith prayer, music, spiritual meditations, lunchtime webinars about faith, workshops for teachers and spiritual leaders, a panel discussion for youth, and more. Click Here to view the entire 2021 schedule of programs.

Campbell County Public Library Presents Spotlight Series: “Railsplitter” with Falcon Takes Flight
Thursday, August 26 from 7-8 PM

Lincoln is alive again in “Railsplitter”, a book of poetry written by Maurice Manning who was born near the president’s childhood home in Kentucky. Falcon takes Flight to bring Manning’s words to life, reflecting on how poetry guided and shaped the President’s mind while leading a divided nation.

After the reading, there will be a Q and A will the author.

Registration Required. Register HERE.

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). We 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. Our 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.

Coal Town Photograph Performance from Pauletta Hansel
Tuesday, September 12 @ 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).

Location: 1601 University Blvd. Hamilton, OH 45011

"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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