Appalachians have and continue to contribute culturally and economically to Cincinnati. Elmwood Place is simply one of many neighborhoods to house a significant urban Appalachian population. Most migrants came from Casey County, Kentucky and participated in a self-sustaining community. Mike Templeton takes a deep dive into Elmwood Place by analyzing a study conducted by UACC's Mike Maloney and Shannon Gillie. Check it out in this week's blog!

Plus, a conversation with writer and illustrator Robert Gipe and poet Pauletta Hansel, upcoming literary events/opportunities and more!

"Some place with room for a garden": A conversation with Pauletta Hansel and Robert Gipe
In Spring 2021, writer and illustrator Robert Gipe was joined by poet Pauletta Hansel for a conversation about his novel, Pop as part of an online program offered by The Mercantile Library in Cincinnati, Ohio. Pop is the third and final installation of Robert’s Canard County series. Trampoline, the initial book, was first serialized here in Still: The JournalWeedeater was the second title in this trilogy of contemporary Appalachian fiction.  

Here is an excerpt from their conversation, including some material that was exchanged via email after the event. The recorded version of Mercantile Library’s "Pop: An Illustrated Novel—Robert Gipe in Conversation with Pauletta Hansel," which includes readings from Pop and from Pauletta’s poems, can be accessed here
Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour Puts Out Call For Central Appalachian Voices

Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour will use the $50,000 she received as one of the American Academy of Poets Laureate Fellows selected earlier this month to shine a light on the voices of Central Appalachia by publishing a poetry anthology focusing on the population and its experiences. 

Click HERE to read the full NPR article.


The Alliance for Appalachia is hard at work shaping  Appalachia's needs for environmental and economic justice legislation in Congress. If anyone would like to join these efforts, Mike Maloney can help get you involved if you need that help. Please let Mike ( know your interest so he can report.

Book Signing with George Ella Lyon
Saturday, July 17 @ 11 AM

Meet author George Ella Lyon celebrating the release of her book of poetry, Back to the Light at Roebling Point Books & Coffee.

Cincinnati Public Library Summer Activities
 Activities for Kids:

  • From June 1-July 31, every youth 18 and under who visits a library branch can get their free summer packet which includes: an activity booklet, a book, a take & make activity, and an early literacy calendar for PreK families. The activity booklet can also be downloaded from our website.
  • Youth who finish 5 or more activities from their booklet may return to the Library may enter a grand prize drawing at their branch. 
  • Meals for youth will be provided at select locations.
  • Visit to find free in-person and online events for kids all summer long

Free Vaccinations at Library Locations: From now through August, the Library is offering free, drop-in vaccinations at select locations, in partnership with the Cincinnati Dept. of Health and the Hamilton County Public Health Dept. Find locations and dates in their online calendar.

Improvements at the Downtown Main Library

The library is beginning an 18 month improvement project at its Main Library, as part of its Building the Next Generation Library initiative, which is being funded by the 1 mil levy supported by taxpayers in 2018. Here’s what will happen first:

  • This summer the elevators will be replaced in the south building
  • This summer and through the fall, the skylight over the south building’s atrium will be replaced
  • In late summer the walls surrounding the north building’s Vine St. garden will be removed, to open up the space and make it more accessible

While all this work is happening, they will need to keep the Vine St. entrance closed. In addition, since most of the work is focused in the south building, they’ll be relocating services temporarily to the north building

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
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