Two years ago we debuted a blog about the highly anticipated arrival of Cincinnati Bengals​ quarterback, Joe Burrow. Yesterday, Burrow led the team to a win over Kansas City to secure the AFC North season champ title. In case you missed it in 2020, we are sharing it again.

"The success of Joe Burrow and his strong ties to his people and his home speaks directly to the work of the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition. The UACC and affiliate organizations work directly in communities to ameliorate the issues that come with poverty within the urban Appalachian community. When a figure like Joe Borrow steps up to speak on behalf of the problem of poverty in Appalachian communities and regions, his words become actions." -Mike Templeton

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. Through this project, we are able to explore the urban Appalachian identity through a breadth of interviews. This week's Video Quilt is all about identity - what it means to be urban and Appalachian, distinct cultural signifiers, and certain values, beliefs, and life lessons. We were not able to fit every clip into one video, so this is part one of more to come - stay tuned and enjoy!

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

Kari Gunter-Seymour reappointed Ohio's Poet Laureate
Third generation Athens Countian Kari Gunter-Seymour is is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project (WOAP) and a retired instructor in The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. In addition to being named Ohio's poet laureate nearly two years ago, Gunter-Seymour was selected to receive the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year Award, a 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship Award, and to serve as a 2021 Pillar of Prosperity Fellow for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Read on HERE.

Inside the Writer’s Head Podcast: Bonus Episode with Pauletta Hansel
On this bonus episode of the “Inside the Writer’s Head” podcast, Dani McClain interviews the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library's 2022 Writer-in-Residence Pauletta Hansel, opens a new window. Pauletta is a poet, memoirist, teacher, editor, and the author of nine poetry collections including her newest book, Heartbreak Tree, coming in 2022. She served as the first poet laureate of Cincinnati from April 2016 through March 2018. She received her M.F.A. from Queens University of Charlotte and an M.Ed. from Xavier University.  

Listen in to this wide-ranging interview covering teaching, poetry, community engagement through writing, and Pauletta's plans for her first year as Writer-in-Residence.

Story Gathering Project Video Quilt: Identity (Part 1)

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 clips that discuss what it means to be both urban and Appalachian in the Greater Cincinnati area. Hear from a breadth of voices in this video quilt - more parts to come!

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.
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