While we will miss the opportunity to gather face-to-face, sharing food, and swapping stories, we are working together to make our Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year
celebration as warm and down-home as we can. Luckily, many of our bands are family bands (like Russ & Barb), which means they can stay safe in their homes and still perform for us in ours. Our virtual Ringin' In an Appalachian New Year will include old-time & bluegrass music by Barb and Russ Childers, Pineridge Partners, Roscoe Morgan Jr., Intergenerational Fiddle Cult, Carter Bridge Duo, and Tellico Family Band. And yes, storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku will be back to emcee the festivities. You don't want to miss this event! Register (for free) in advance at

Plus, a tribute to a supporter, friend, and father within the UACC community, upcoming events and opportunities of interest, an article about the Appalachian dialect and more!

Pauletta Hansel to Host & Present at Milky Way Accent Reading

Pauletta Hansel writes that she honored to be hosting and participating in a reading from her late mentor, Bob Snyder’s posthumously published book of poems. She says, “Many of you know my personal and poetic history is interwoven in the fabric of the renaissance of Appalachian literature and activism that began in the 1970s.  When I was a very young poet—16 years old—I dropped out of high school and went to college. Antioch Appalachia in Beckley WV was already a hotbed of Appalachian writing thanks to its founder, Bob Snyder who, perhaps not coincidentally, was also one of the founders of what became Cincinnati’s Urban Appalachian Council, another formative organization in my life. Its successor is, of course, the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition. At Antioch we formed the Soupbean Poets and published a number of journals and chapbooks. My first visit to Cincinnati was for a reading by the Soupbean Poets at UAC’s Harriet Tubman/Mother Jones Folk School. We were invited there by Mike Henson, and met urban Appalachian poet Dick Hague that weekend as well. Bob Snyder was at the center of all this work. He died way too soon, in the mid-1990s; big thanks to his sister and friends, and to Dos Madres Press, for bringing his final manuscript to press.  And big thanks , too, to all the Appalachian writers, UACC stewards Mike Henson, Dick Hague and Dale Marie Prenatt among them, who will be reading Bob’s poems. We hope you will join us at this reading. Click the button BELOW the flyer to register.

The Legendary Language of the Appalachain "Holler"

Is the unique Appalachian dialect the preserved language of Elizabethan England? Left over from Scots-Irish immigrants? Or something else altogether?

Get the author's thoughts in THIS ARTICLE published on



A Tribute to Jim Cook

The Urban Appalachian Community Council is sad to report the death of a member of our community. Jim Cook was a steadfast supporter of Appalachian music and culture. Jim was retired engineer with a heritage in North Georgia and East Tennessee. His immediate family migrated to Cincinnati when he was a child. But while he left the mountains, the mountains never left him. Jim and three generations of his family were the old-time and folk band, Tellico, and they played their music throughout greater Cincinnati and beyond, sharing their joy and love of family and Appalachia with all.  Jim played guitar and sang; his wife Nancy always held a dulcimer in her lap; daughter Sherry Cook Stanforth accompanied her dad’s singing and plays a mean pennywhistle, and a whole bevy of grandchildren and occasionally other family members joined in to sing and play. We are grateful to Jim for how he passed on the love of Appalachian music to his family, who will continue his good work. We will miss Jim and his calm and encouraging presence among us. We wish peace to his family. Here is a video of one of Jim and Tellico’s many performances: Here is the link to the obituary a Tribute Wall for sharing memories, photos, and reflections:
Celebrate Appalachia with Sinclair Community College
Wednesday, January 13 from 11am-1pm

Celebrate Appalachia with Sinclair Community College on Wednesday, January 13, 11 am – 1pm, as urban Appalachian artists take the virtual stage. Artists are poet Pauletta Hansel (11 am), toymaker and performer Russ Childers (11:30 am), musicians Warren and Judy Waldron noon), and storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku (12:30 pm).  Drop in as you can.

More info at

Zoom link:

COVID Vaccine Info, Free Meals, Upcoming Events & More @ Your Local Library 

Educational Resources
  • Video tutorials support learners who want to gain specific software, technology, creative, or business skills. Tutorials include 3D and animation, CAD training, and programming.
  • Treehouse. Online courses on a variety of advanced technology related topics--including coding, web design, and app creation.
  • Kanopy. Learn something new with Kanopy's streaming "Great Courses" videos.
  • Universal Class. Over 500 self-paced, non-credit continuing education classes on subjects such as financial management, office skills, computer training, and writing.

You can also set up a call with a librarian to learn about other continuing education resources.

Vaccine Information

Visit for up-to-date information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including local information about the distribution of the vaccine. We’ll keep adding to this web page as more details become available from the city, county and state. We hope this resource will be a one-stop-shop for your information needs related to the vaccine.

Free Meals

With the help of community partners, we’re continuing to distribute free meals at many of our locations. With Congress recently passing another stimulus bill, more funds may be available to community partners to support this effort, so it’s possible our efforts will expand in the coming months. Visit our web site to get the latest information.

Upcoming Events
  • Looking for a job? They can help! This free session covers the basics for 1st time job seekers and those who need a refresher. Jan. 9th from 11:00 am to noon. Please register to reserve your free seat in this virtual event.
  • Space Travel: They've teamed up with the Cincinnati Observatory to explore what tools to take to survive outer space, what to expect, and the places you could go. Recommended for children ages 5-12. Please register to save your free seat and to receive the Zoom invitation via email. Jan. 12th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Storytimes: They have over 200 storytimes available 24/7 on our YouTube channel, including several en Español and several special storytimes that explore challenging topics, like divorce and illness.

Visit them at one of their 41 locations Mon-Sat from 10am to 6pm, or email, text, chat or speak with them on the phone at 513.369.6900.

Milky Way Accent - An online reading of the late Bob Synder's Poems by his friends and fans
Tuesday, January 12 @ 7 PM

Bob Snyder was an igniting force in the Appalachian Literary Movement of the 1970s, influencing a whole new generation of writers. He wrote with a “milky way accent,” never negating the particularity of that mountainous part of the galaxy from which he hailed, but never accepting anyone else’s definition of what being an Appalachian poet should mean.

Readers: Bob Baber, Jerry Felty, Scott Goebel, Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel, Mike Henson, Roger Hicks, Kirk Judd, Eddy Pendarvis, Dale Marie Prenatt, and Sherrell Wigal.

Registration required. Register HERE.

UACC's First-Ever Virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year
Sunday, January 17 from 1-3 PM

This year has presented its many challenges and although we can not gather to ring in the New Year, we can certainly celebrate virtually.

Mark your calendars for UACC's first all virtual Ringin' in an Appalachian New Year celebration on Sunday, January 17 from 1-3 PM. Participants can expect storytelling, poetry, recipe swapping, bluegrass & old-time music, and great company - as always! 

Register (for free) in advance at

#RacialHealingCincinnati and #HowWeHeal
Tuesday, January 19 from 9 AM - 7 PM

Join the Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation – University of Cincinnati & All-In Cincinnati as we celebrate Cincinnati's National Day of Racial Healing on January 19, 2021 from 9:00am  7:00pm. Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing is sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Foundation, HealthPath Foundation of Ohio, Interact for Health, Intersections, Praxis Matters, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati. 

New Limestone Review & Potluck

First Place wins $500, Second Place wins $250. FREE ENTRY January 15 - February 15. 

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