Elissa L Yancey

Nonprofit leader, writer


Business and organizations
Creative nonfiction
Literary arts
Small businesses


My cultural work is shaped by story and the power of narratives to build understanding, respect and sustainable connections. I believe traditional media narratives typically offer skewed representations of our communities to the detriment of us all, and my nonprofit, A Picture's Worth, aims to reframe those narratives by centering the voices of community members, their strengths and their values.

I am a first-generation Urban Appalachian. My mother, Gladys Quillen Yancey, was born and raised in Fleming-Neon, Kentucky, near the Letcher County seat of Whitesburg. When she was a teenager, she moved to Norwood, Ohio, to live with a cousin who had also traveled north in search of life outside the holler. I grew up in Norwood and graduated from Norwood High School, but shunned my Appalachian heritage until I came to work alongside the wise folks of the Urban Appalachian Council in the 1990s.


Contact Info

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Cincinnati, Ohio