The coal industry just east of Cincinnati has a lasting impact on local communities and economies, which is why The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is partnering with UC Clearmont to create the POWER grant. It stands for Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative. The purpose of the grant is to promote studies and efforts that will allow for the use of federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries. More info in the blog post.

Reminder: Virtual Launch Event for Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel's Appalachian Witness tomorrow (Tuesday, December 14) from 7-8:30 PM on Zoom. Register in advance HERE.

Catch up on the Story Gathering Project interview series! This week, we feature mother-daughter duo, Dezire Lowry and Veronica Hall.

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

Ways You Can Help Our Western Kentucky Neighbors
As many know, a record tornado devastated areas of Western Kentucky over the weekend. We've compiled a list of resources that detail ways in which people from across the region and country can help the victims of this calamitous event.

Story Gathering Project - Hague/Lowry/Hall

Richard Hague interviewed mother and daughter duo, Dezire Lowry and Veronica Hall.

Virtual Launch Event for PMS&G's Appalachian Witness
Tuesday, December 14 from 7-8:30 PM on Zoom

Details can be found on the flyer below. Register in advance HERE.

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.

Join Kari and others for a virtual event to celebrate the publication. Register in advance 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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