David Rhodes Brown sets the bar high for musicians of all kinds. As a singer, guitarist, and songwriter he is inspired by multiple genres and artists. From Rock and Roll to Rockabilly to Punk, David conforms to no one style. Read more about his connection to the urban Appalachian community and his ongoing projects with the country-rock band 500 Miles to Memphis in the blog post.

Tomorrow, Pauletta Hansel's Coal Town Photograph will be performed by Falcon Theatre and feature music by Raison D'Etre at Miami University's Parrish Auditorium. Please support! Event information is in the last section of the newsletter. Plus, a UACC event on Spetmeber 27 via Zoom! Join us for the launch of our new Story Gathering Project in which we will be discussing the project in detail and collecting and sharing recorded interviews from the urban Appalachian community. Register in advance here.


Introducing Our Story Gathering Project

Everybody has a story!

The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition invites you to help us informally gather and record interviews with people of Appalachian descent in the greater Cincinnati area from 7-8:30 PM so we can collect and share these stories online. Interviews can be recorded on your own or a friend’s smart phone or via Zoom. Join us to learn more!
  • View clips from interviews with a sampling of our diverse community
  • Check out our Sample Interview Format and Project Release Form
  • Conduct a practice interview of your own
  • Q&A session to prepare you for your own next steps as a community story gatherer
Registration required:

For more information, visit or email
Life After the Mines - The Bitter Southerner

Faced with layoffs and bankruptcies, generational coal miners and their families are left with few options: either adapt quickly or leave behind the only work and homes they’ve ever known. As Old King Coal crumbles, miners navigate new ways to define themselves. Read the full article here.

Hamilton County Health Department Survey

UACC is partnering with the Hamilton County Department of Health to do outreach regarding the use of tobacco and similar products. HCDH has asked us to circulate a survey to obtain feedback from our subscribers that might inform our efforts.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey. If you have comments about the survey itself please send them to Mike Maloney at meamon@

The health department is passionate about making sure they understand what the communities they serve need/ want when it comes to tobacco prevention and cessation programs. The only way they can know how to best serve their communities is by getting feedback from you! They would like to invite you to fill out a survey about tobacco use as well as your opinions on some of the tobacco-related programs that have already been put in place and future possibilities. The survey was developed by the Ohio State Department of Health, but they will be using all data gathered here at the local level to work with communities for tobacco prevention and cessation.

After completing the survey you will be able to enter to win a Kroger Gift Card! To access the survey you can follow this link (or type it into a web browser: or you can scan the QR code in the image below from your smartphone.

Miami University Appalachian Studies Presents: Coal Town Photograph

Tuesday, September 14 @ 7 PM

"Coal Town Photograph" speaks directly to the urban Appalachian experience of leaving home and returning to find things have forever changed. Based on the book by Pauletta Hansel, this unique presentation blends poetry, music by Raison D’Etre, and theatrical performance by Falcon Takes Flight—an outreach wing of Falcon Theater in Northern Kentucky. "Coal Town Photograph" does not shy away from the contemporary problems that plague both rural and urban Appalachians, capturing the mixed feelings so many Appalachians have toward their homes as we look at the changes we see over time, changes that are simply inevitable, and changes that are genuinely tragic. Following the performance, join writer Pauletta Hansel for a Q&A session. Hansel is author of eight poetry collections, including "Palindrome", winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry. She is from eastern Kentucky and was Cincinnati’s first poet laureate (2016-2018).

Parrish Auditorium, Miami University Hamilton Campus. Free, public event, part of Citizenship and Democracy Week at Miami Regionals. No reservation required, but rsvp encouraged:

Spoken & Heard Open Mic
Thursday, September 23, 7-9 PM

Spoken & Heard is a seasonal series of literary events hosted by Kari Gunter-Seymour, Poet Laureate of Ohio, featuring award-winning authors, poets and singer/songwriters from across the country. September's event will feature Philip J Metres, Crystal E Wilkinson, and Caitlin Kraus. There will be in-person and virtual options available for this event. More information will be available as the event nears.

Audience members who have work that continues the conversation of our performers sponsored by Stuart's Opera House. Register in advance here.

Call for Instructors for New Makerspace in Norwood
Wednesday, September 29 @ 7 PM

A new Makerspace is currently in planning, to be located in Norwood. A potential site for the Makerspace has been identified and organizers are now seeking instructors, educators, industry professionals, and hobbyists to lead paid classes helping people make all sorts of things. Existing curriculum for many common Makerspace programs are available on the Internet, or you can develop your own class plans.

Please join them for an information session to be held at the Donald E. Prues Community & Senior Center at 1810 Courland Ave. on Wednesday, September 29th at 7pm. There will be a brief presentation about the Makerspace currently in planning, then plenty of time for discussion. RSPV here.

Possible Makerspace class topics (open to recommendations):

Trade skills:
  • Woodworking
  • Toy Workshop
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Glass blowing
  • Welding
  • Automotive Maintenance
  • Home Owner Skills:
  • Household maintenance
  • Plumbing
  • Furniture construction & repair
  • Lawn & Garden projects
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Costumes & Props
  • Prosthetics
  • Photography
  • Airbrush
  • Screen printing
  • Jewelry & Beads
  • 3D Printing
  • Drone Piloting & Programming
  • Game Design
  • Website Design
  • Electronics
  • Mobile App Programming

Worth A Shot

"I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing": Ohio Appalachian Voices

Submission portal open August 1-November 15

A “call for poetry” focused on the unique culture of Ohio's Appalachian population–located in Central Appalachia, with roots steeped in traditional southern ways. A one-of-a-kind collection, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A copy of the anthology will be sent to all 732 libraries throughout Ohio and to selected Ohio Appalachian school libraries.

Learn more HERE.

Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority

Incentives begin Aug 1-Oct 31 or until funds are expended
Have you heard about the new opportunities available for families in need of housing? Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority has new vouchers and an incentive program for property owners who lease-up with new HCV Participants.

Emergency Housing Vouchers
  • CMHA awarded 246 EHVs to assist families struggling with homelessness or fleeing domestic violence
  • Recipients must meet one of 4 criteria and complete a brief online assessment
  • Click here for full details
New Property Owner Incentive
  • A $2000 payment will be made to owners who provide a home to families leasing through the New Admissions process
  • Incentives begin August 1 and end October 31, 2021 or until funds are expended
  • Click here for full details
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