Do you have a strong tie to Ohio and have Appalachian roots? Share your unique experiences/perspectives by submitting a poem (or two). Ohio's Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour, is using her platform to piece together an anthology that will lift the voices of Ohio Appalachians. Mike Templeton breaks down this project in this week's blog post below.

Please note a correction for last week's newsletter. The Tuesday, September 14 performance of Coal Town Photograph from the Falcon Theater is ON September 14, NOT September 12. See our events section for more updates.

The latest Blog from Extraordinary Times features Clint Ibele of Northern Kentucky's Falcon Theater

Falcon's outreach wing--Falcon Takes Flight--comes to Miami Hamilton's Parrish Auditorium on September 14 for a performance of Coal Town Photograph, based on the book by Pauletta Hansel (see previous blog interview). 

Link to blog



Low-income Ohioans who are seniors, have a medical condition, or have received a disconnect notice may be eligible for a one-time benefit to help cool their home through the HEAP Summer Crisis Program. Learn more or apply online at

A Series of Virtual Readings Hosted by Kari Gunter-Seymour, Ohio Poet Laureate
Thursday, August 19 via Zoom

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. August's event will feature Michael Croley, Jacinda Townsend, and Bruce Dalzell. There will be in-person and virtual options available for this event. Click HERE to register.

A Hansel Literary Duet: Pauletta Hansel and Kelli Hansel Haywood

Sunday, August 22 @ 3 PM, Roebling Books & Coffee

Cincinnati Poet Laureate Emeritus Pauletta Hansel and author/yogi Kelli Hansel Haywood will read from and discuss their books exploring life during the 2020 lockdown. Pauletta’s book, Friend (Dos Madres Press, 2020), is epistolary (letter) poems written during the early days of the pandemic. In Sacred Catharsis (Belle History Publishing, 2021), Kelli shares the story of her personal journey of self-discovery and the easing of chronic pain through a focused practice of movement and mindfulness. The Hansel cousins both hail from Appalachian Kentucky, where Kelli still lives. Roebling Point Books & Coffee presents the duo in an outdoor, socially distanced setting next door to the Covington bookstore. A book signing follows.

Cincinnati Festival of Faiths
August 22-29

4th Annual Festival of Faiths is Now Open for Registration! This year’s festival is focused around the theme, “Compassion Through Action: We are in it Together," and will deliver a program filled with interfaith prayer, music, spiritual meditations, lunchtime webinars about faith, workshops for teachers and spiritual leaders, a panel discussion for youth, and more. Click Here to view the entire 2021 schedule of programs.

Campbell County Public Library Presents Spotlight Series: “Railsplitter” with Falcon Takes Flight
Thursday, August 26 from 7-8 PM

Lincoln is alive again in “Railsplitter”, a book of poetry written by Maurice Manning who was born near the president’s childhood home in Kentucky. Falcon takes Flight to bring Manning’s words to life, reflecting on how poetry guided and shaped the President’s mind while leading a divided nation.

After the reading, there will be a Q and A will the author.

Registration Required. Register HERE.

Black Book Fair and Open Mic
Friday, September 3 6-11pm

Hit the Mic Cincy's "Black Book Fair & Open Mic" presented by Regal Rhythms Poetry LLC on Friday, September 3, 2021, from 6-11 p.m @ Oasis at Grace, 5524 Belmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 was created to welcome and inform all races about the publishing process, and to create an opportunity to support and encourage aspiring authors and published authors within the community, who are black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC). We have both BK Royston and S.H.E. Publishing LLC from the National Black Bookfair coming to do presentations and be included in our panel discussion for published authors to help others learn the process and obstacles of publishing and encourage more authorship representation. Regular admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $40 if you are a book vendor. Our vendors will be published authors pitching, promoting, and selling their books. If you are interested in vending (authors only) and/or being part of the panel, please contact MoPoetry @ 513-344-0870. Get your tickets today! Free parking on site, on street, or across the street at the College Hill Recreation Center.

Coal Town Photograph Performance from The Flacon Theater
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).

Location: 1601 University Blvd. Hamilton, OH 45011

"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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