The devastation from a record tornado earlier this month has greatly impacted our neighbors in Western Kentucky. Want to help? This blog post is for you! Read on to find out ways in which you can pitch in to help and spread the word.

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. Maybe you grew up on old-time and bluegrass music, or maybe you've come to love the music later in life - whatever the case may be, music is a huge part of urban and Appalachian culture. Hear from a few of our interviewees about what music means to them. Want to keep watching? View all Video Quilts at

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


December Covid Report

Although Cincinnati has been spared the worst of Ohio’s current surge in Covid cases and hospitalization, our overall transmission rate is still high (at 243.14 per 100,000) and it is even higher in neighborhoods where vaccination rates are low. UACC advice is still to get vaccinated, get a booster shot, wear a mask and keep your distance when going out.


Pauletta Hansel Publishes Three Poems in Still: The Journal
Core Member Pauletta Hansel had three new poems from her forthcoming book Heartbreak Tree (Madville Publishing, 2022) published. Read her new work in the fall issue here:

In ‘Desperate,’ a Reporter Dives Deep Into Dirty Water - The New York Times
For two decades, the water in the taps and wells of Mingo County didn’t look, smell, or taste right. Could it be the root of the health problems—from kidney stones to cancer—in this Appalachian community? Environmental lawyer Kevin Thompson certainly thought so. Read more HERE.

Story Gathering Project Video Quilt: Music Edition

Maybe you grew up on old-time and bluegrass music, or maybe you've come to love the music later in life - whatever the case may be, music is a huge part of urban and Appalachian culture. Hear from a few of our interviewees about what music means to them.

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.

An Evening in Lower Price Hill: 50th Anniversary Un-Gala
Now-December 31

Over just the past year, there has been tremendous progress to celebrate. They maintained continuous laundry access and connected hundreds of neighbors to family sustaining resources throughout the pandemic, launched an on-site GED test center to further remove barriers for adult learners, and broke ground on critical, highly-anticipated affordable housing.

Your support of this special hybrid campaign will raise a total of $95,000 to help them partner with nearly 600 families on a pathway to sustainability, invest in leadership opportunities for 50 youth, remove barriers so that a record number of adult learners can obtain their GED (already at 24 graduates and counting), and connect neighbors to 47 units of new, affordable housing when construction of the Lower Price Hill Thrives project is completed.

If you haven't already, join their community today and support the amazing work Community Matters does in Lower Price Hill. Learn more HERE.
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