Native Appalachian Jared Hamilton captures the raw essence of modern-day Appalachia. Hamilton knows firsthand how harmful negative stereotypes of Appalachian people can be, which is why his most recent body of work ("Familiar Paths, Volume 1") aims to counter such assumptions. This captivating display of black and white photographs is truly a time and culture capsule. Read all about his latest work in this week's blog post.

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. In honor of the upcoming holidays, we wanted to share our "Food Edition" Video Quilt in which urban Appalachians share stories and tidbits about their favorite (and not-so-favorite) foods. Keep reading to view the video.

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

Annual Appeal Letter

The passing of bell hooks
We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of educator, activist, and Kentuckian bell hooks. Hooks' legacy lives on in many different ways - one of them being the bell hooks center at Berea College. Learn more about hooks' life and legacy in this NPR article.

Pauletta Hansel was named 2022 Writer-in-Residence by the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library Foundation
The former Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More University and WordPlay has been named the Library Foundation’s 2022 Writer-in-Residence (WIR) for the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. She also served as the inaugural poet laureate of Cincinnati from 2016-2018. Read more about what she has in mind for this amazing opportunity here.

Story Gathering Project Video Quilt: Food Edition

This video quilt features clips from our Story Gathering Project series in which members of the urban Appalachian community interview other urban Appalachians. We selected stories and tidbits about people's favorite (and not-so-favorite) foods. These narratives shed light on deeper themes such as status and identity. We hope you enjoy it!

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 (
Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel's Newest Publication
Volume 24: Appalachian Witness just launched! This compelling collection of regional poetry, prose, and art. The book, designed and published by Dos Madres Press, is a beautiful literary artifact you will want for your personal collection or as a gift this holiday season. Get your hands on a copy HERE.

Women Speak Out Now
Singer/songwriter Roberta Schultz says, “A storyteller stands upon a stage/to share beginnings of this sacred place,” in one of her songs in Women Speak, the Women of Appalachia Project’s newest anthology, a rich, eclectic gathering of writing, visual art, songs, and photography from women from all around the region. It’s a challenging collection of straight talk about motherhood and marriage, body shaming and senseless violence, love and loss, the long past and the present, about women who fight back and lose, and fight back and win. 

Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour is a ninth generation Appalachian and the founder and executive director of the “Women of Appalachia Project” ( She is the editor of the Women Speak anthology series and Essentially Athens Ohio; a retired instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and Athens, Ohio Poet Laureate Emeritus.

Women Speak would make the perfect gift for a loved one. Purchase the collection HERE.

An Evening in Lower Price Hill: 50th Anniversary Un-Gala
Now-December 31

Over just the past year, there has been tremendous progress to celebrate. They maintained continuous laundry access and connected hundreds of neighbors to family sustaining resources throughout the pandemic, launched an on-site GED test center to further remove barriers for adult learners, and broke ground on critical, highly-anticipated affordable housing.

Your support of this special hybrid campaign will raise a total of $95,000 to help them partner with nearly 600 families on a pathway to sustainability, invest in leadership opportunities for 50 youth, remove barriers so that a record number of adult learners can obtain their GED (already at 24 graduates and counting), and connect neighbors to 47 units of new, affordable housing when construction of the Lower Price Hill Thrives project is completed.

If you haven't already, join their community today and support the amazing work Community Matters does in Lower Price Hill. Learn more HERE.
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