The neighborhoods of Sedamsville and Lower Price Hill helped shape Brandon Shields, who has various talents. Drawing inspiration from the rapper, Common, Brandon used rapping as an outlet to "vent" about the struggles he and his friends faced. His geographical location also inspired him. Brandon works as a river paddleboat captain in Cincinnati, but has worked on ocean vessels that have taken him to the likes of Juno, Alaska and Baja, Mexico. Take a look at this week's blog post to learn more about Brandon and his eclectic interests.

It's summertime! Add to your Memorial Day Weekend festivities by taking a moment to check out the upcoming events and opportunities for writers, a book review from John Bealle, and an update from Your Store of the Queen City in Price Hill.

John Bealle's Review of Bluegrass Generation: A Memoir
"Neil Rosenberg's Bluegrass Generation is a meticulously documented memoir of the author's early involvement in bluegrass music, covering the period from the summer of 1961 to the end of 1963, when he ended his management tenure at the historic Brown County Jamboree. In focusing on this brief period, Rosenberg documents the transformation of bluegrass music from a component of country music to its emergence as a traditional genre defined in opposition to country. Rosenberg calls this process “gentrification” due to its appeal to urban, educated audiences. Not wholly autobiography, not wholly ethnography, the book articulates an important collaboration that transformed bluegrass music and echoed a broader transformation in American culture."

Read John's full review HERE.

Nonprofit grocery store providing healthy food to Cincinnati neighborhood - Spectrum News

Your Store of the Queen City (aka Meiser's Fresh Grocery & Deli) has been reimagined as a nonprofit farmer's and maker's market. Check out their mission, progress, and community impact in this article.

Summertime Writing News from Pauletta Hansel

1.) Lexington Poetry Month (LexPoMo): The basic premise: sign up to commit to a daily poem writing practice and submit as many as you choose to be published on the Lexington Poetry Month Website: One poem by each person who shares at least five online will be published in the anthology, which this year Pauletta has the honor of editing. It is a warm, affirming and nonjudgmental (even if you don’t manage a poem a day) community and we encourage you to sign up—even if you’ve never been to Lexington.

2.) Knobs Haven Writing Retreats for Women: The retreat is a time for writing and sharing in community with a wealth of unstructured alone time for writing, reading, reflecting and resting. 
  • August 6-8, 2021 , with an optional stay until Monday, August 9
  • December 3-5 , 2021, with an optional stay until Monday, December 6
  • March 4-6, 2022 , with an optional stay until Monday, March 7
  • May 20-22, 2022, with an optional stay until Monday, May 23: A themed retreat co-led by Marta Donahoe and me for women exploring their transition into elderhood.
  • All Friday, 4 pm –Sunday/Monday 1 pm.
$210 weekend/$290 till Monday. Nonrefundable $25 deposit will hold your spot; remainder due six weeks before each retreat.
Reduced “early-bird” full payment option of $185/$265. Early-bird deadline three months prior to retreat; refundable minus deposit only if space can be filled.
Includes facilitation, workshop material, lodging and meals. (Note: due to Covid restrictions, the dining room may be temporarily unavailable, in which case we will need to bring our own meals.)

Visit Pauletta Hansel's website for more details/reserve your spot.

3.) Literary Lights: A Celebration of Summer: Join Pauletta Hansel on Sunday, July 11 at 1 PM for a reading in Minneapolis. Sign up to attend HERE.


Seedtime on the Cumberland
Saturday, June 5 from 12-7 PM

Join Appalshop and friends this Saturday for online performances and readings by UACC Core member Pauletta Hansel and Stewards Richard Hague, Michael Henson, and Scott Goebel. Watch directly on Vimeo or tune in at this link.

12 pm — Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
2 pm — Feufollet
4 pm — Po' Ramblin' Boys
6 pm — And of course, their traditional punk show with sets by L.I.P.S., Globsters, and Tommy Anderson.

A Small Group Intensive with Peter Block
Saturday, June 19

This online event will explore the social architecture of creating community, connection, and change. 

The Intensive is a learning experience and practice with Peter Block and the ASG team. It is offered for people who want to deepen their understanding of engagement and the six conversations. It is for anyone who would like to take a greater role in bringing the ideas of engagement into the community. Listening well, powerful questions, and curiosity are key elements of these conversations.

Woven throughout the day, the team will share stories of how they use the ASG conversations in their personal and professional work.

The cost is $38, your time and commitment. Breaks included throughout the day. Register HERE.

Highlight YOUR Cincinnati Neighborhood in Developing Book by Local Writer
Submissions due by July 1, 2021

Nick Swartsell is editing a book about life in Cincinnati Neighborhoods. This isn't a guidebook about where to eat or shop -- it's about the social and psychological and historic contours of distinct communities in Cincinnati.
You should write something for it! Please share this if you know other folks who might want to submit something.

You have probably heard this before: Cincinnati is a city of small towns made distinct by topography and undefined, in-between spaces. They want writers to explore the Queen City’s varied neighborhoods and the places between for The Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook, an anthology by Belt Publishing. The book will be part of Belt’s Neighborhood Guidebook Series.

From Sayler Park tipping the city’s far-west tail to Mount Lookout on its eastern fringes, from Carthage to Lower Price Hill, they want essays and other written works that surprise them and tell them something about how Cincinnatians experience living in their neighborhoods, and about how your living in them shapes the city. Take us to the San Antonio Italian Chapel’s Pizza Party in South Fairmount, the boxing gym in the basement of West End’s Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses or the train yards and waterways of the Mill Creek Valley.

They’re hoping to get a diversity of voices and experiences representing as wide a sample from the city’s fifty-two distinct neighborhoods, its many informal sub-neighborhoods and outlying suburbs as possible. Yes, sure, you can submit something about Over-the-Rhine or Northside. But we also really want to hear voices from South Cumminsville, Bond Hill and East Westwood, not to mention Forest Park or Delhi and Covington or Bellevue.

Interpret the above as you wish, so long as the piece you submit is about an area in Greater Cincinnati. Longer submissions will be considered, but they’re looking for work that marries unique insight about lived experience with economy of language. Somewhere between 250 and 1,000 words would be a lovely place to end up for your essay.
Authors will be compensated.

Submissions are due by July 1, 2021. Please submit all entries to
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