Reba Hennessy is the President and Founder of
Your Store of the Queen City. Through her prior experience working for a non-profit and as a paralegal, Hennessey was able to work with the Neighborhood Action Team to establish a unique solution to the lack of a fresh produce vendor in Lower Price Hill -- a non-profit grocery store. Meiser’s Grocery and Fresh Deli and Your Store of the Queen City will be the first local grocery that has a pay what you can program. The grocery and Your Store have been set to open in the summer of next year, though the pandemic will likely change this projected time frame. Keep reading to learn more!

Plus, articles of interest, our upcoming co-sponsored event, Don't Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Artists, and some important COVID-19 info.


Covid-19 Facts for Cincinnati

During the Month of October 14 - November 14

  • The number of deaths increased from 111 to 124. The number of confirmed cases increased by 45% from 6,326 to 9,232 (currently 10,594 as of 11/23).
  • The rate of increase for whites and the number of cases surpassed those of blacks for the first time. Black deaths (59) were still higher than the number of whites (46).
  • Unlike during the summer, the fall surge in cases is raging among the 40-80 population though the 20-29 group still has the most cumulative cases.
  • The epicenter of the virus is still the Westwood-Price Hill area with 1,883 cases. The university area (CUF) is now the second largest contiguous concentration of cases (720). (College Hill (382), Hyde Park (316), Oakley (345) and Avondale (289) account for another 1,332 cases.
  • Daily new cases (7-day average) started at about 20 on June 1, and peaked at 75 later in June.
  • In the third surge (October – November) new cases rose to about 180 per day.
These facts were excerpted from UACC’s Monthly Update, compiled for our Research Committee by Michael Maloney and John Bealle on November 14, 2020. To request the full report write to
Hillbilly Elegy Is the Last Thing America Needs in 2020
We are sharing this essay because of its depth and breadth regarding Appalachian people and how we could make things better: To learn more about Appalachia’s response to the book and extend your knowledge of the many stories Appalachia has to tell, join us on Thursday, December 3 at 7 PM for Don't Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors. Register HERE in advance.

Appalachian Artist Featured in NPR Article
First-time author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle discusses her identity as indigenous and Appalachian, as well as her new novel Even As We Breathe. Click HERE to read the article.


Don’t Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors
Decmeber 3 @ 7 PM

UACC, Downbound Books and West Virginia University Press are co-sponsoring Don't Cry for Us, J.D. Vance: A Virtual Reading by Ohio Appalachian Authors to be held December 3 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. This event is FREE and advance registration is required. Click here to register.

The Appalachia depicted in J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is not one we recognize, and the societal issues Vance pins on the failings of individuals and families are neither their creation nor theirs alone to solve. With Ron Howard’s film adaptation of the bestselling book poised to bring this damaging portrayal of a region and its people to an even wider audience, we invite you to join us instead for a reading from some of Ohio’s most respected Appalachian authors and advocates. Short readings will be followed by a conversation about the strengths and challenges of Appalachian communities, both urban and rural.

Featured Readers:

Omope Carter Daboiku’s writing focuses on the intersectionality of place, identity, and belonging and the experience of growing up a “mixed-race colored child” on the Appalachian landscape.

Kari Gunter-Seymour, author of A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen is Poet Laureate of Ohio and the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year.

Richard Hague’s 20 volumes of poetry and prose include Studied Days: Poems Early and Late in Appalachia. Awards include Appalachian Writers Association Poetry Book of the Year and the Weatherford Award.

Pauletta Hansel was Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate. Her poetry collections include Coal Town Photograph and Palindrome, 2017 Weatherford Award winner for Appalachian Poetry.

Michael Henson is author of four books of fiction and four poetry collections, most recently Maggie Boylan, a 2018 Great Group Reads Selection.

Michael Maloney is an Appalachian activist and a scholar whose long career has included founding the Cincinnati Urban Appalachian Council and its successor, the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition.

Dale Marie Prenatt is a poet and storyteller with work in the anthology Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy.

Bonnie Proudfoot has published both fiction and poetry, and lives in Athens, Ohio. Her first novel, Goshen Road, is a 2020 Great Group Reads selection.

Sherry Cook Stanforth is director of Thomas More University’s Creative Writing Vision Program, editor of Riparian, and author of Drone String.

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