In honor of the recent Meiser's Grocery grand opening, we dug up this blog post from a year ago when the grocery store was still underway. Take a look back at the hard work and dedication Reba Hennessy and Your Store of the Queen City​ put into making this happen! What started off as wishful thinking has become a "new" and certainly improved neighborhood landmark. Read up on how Meiser's went from an abandoned building to combating a food desert in this week's throwback blog post.

Don't forget to catch up on the Story Gathering Project interview series! Like most urban Appalachian folks, Shree Phillips didn't realize she was Appalachian until she moved to the big city. Shree is accompanied by her daughter, the one and only MoPoetry (Moneeca) Phillips, in an interview conducted by Pauletta Hansel featured below.

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

"I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing, Ohio's Appalachian Voices" will be available for purchase in March 2022! Congratulations to those within the UACC community who participated.

Story Gathering Project - Hansel/Phillips

Like most urban Appalachian folks, Shree Phillips didn't realize she was Appalachian until she moved to the big city. Shree is accompanied by her daughter, the one and only MoPoetry (Moneeca) Phillips, in this interview conducted by Pauletta Hansel.

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.

See the flyer below for a virtual event. Register 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.

Join Kari and others for a virtual event to celebrate the publication. Register in advance HERE.

Price Hill Teen Empowerment and Support Grant
Cohear and Hamilton County Public Health have teamed up to offer a new grant aimed at supporting young people in Price Hill who are dealing with addiction or substance misuse in their families. This grant was designed and inspired directly by those with lived experience on these issues.
Grant Application Found Here
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