The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition partners with other organizations and venues to present arts programs that educate and entertain while celebrating the rich culture of Appalachians in the greater Cincinnati area. In 2017/2018, these events draw upon the concept of “Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders,” the theme of the upcoming 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference, which in April 2018 will draw more than 1,000 regional, national, and international leaders, scholars, educators, service providers, activists, advocates, and artists to downtown Cincinnati. Planned activities include:

Urban Appalachian Literary Salon Fall 2017 (Lydia’s on Ludlow, 7-9 pm)

October 5—Urban Appalachian Writers Across Generations (Omope Daboiku, Scott Goebel and families)
November 2 —AppalAsian Poet Lisa Kwong
December 7—Affrilachian Writer Crystal Wilkinson

Urban Appalachian Literary Salon 2018 (Lydia’s on Ludlow, 7-9 pm)

February 1 —Appalachia: Stay or Go? (Richard Hague and Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel literary journal)
March 1 —Being Out in Appalachia (Savannah Sipple, Keith Stewart and more.)

Thomas More College Appalachian Education Programs

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 — Express Appalachia Teacher Workshop at Thomas More College on October 11, 2017 — 9 am – 2 pm in Thomas More College Saints Center.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018  Express Appalachia: Journey And Identity, A Cincinnati Arts Association Schooltime Program—10 am and Noon, Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center.

Community-Based Events

Saturday, October 7
Richard Hague and Pauletta Hansel: Old Buddies, New Book, A Reading from Studied Days: Poems Early and Late In Appalachia and Palindrome
— 2-4 pm (Readings at 2:20 and 3:20), Arnold’s Bar and Grill

Thursday, November 30, 2017 —Express Appalachia: A Wide Open Mic for “Other” Identities — 7-8:30 pm at Covington Center for Great Neighborhoods. Contemplate the diversity of our community through the literature and music of local people.  Established and emerging artists join together to inspire some deep thinking about who “we” are on both sides of the river.  Co-sponsored by Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program, WordPlay Cincy, the Thomas More College Black Student Union and the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition with support from ArtsWave. Free & open to the public.

January 14— Ringin’ in an Appalachian New Year: A Community Cultural Celebration — 12 – 5 pm, Price Hill location, TBA.

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Funded in part by ArtsWave.