The Appalachian Tradition of Old Christmas

By Mike Templeton Every year around this time our Urban Appalachian Community Coalition blog shares a post that marks the Christmas season. Holiday traditions can be extremely important to Appalachian...

On Neema Avashia’s Essay, “Fight From Away”

By Pauletta Hansel “Appalachians leave home for many reasons. But no matter where they go, mountain folks defend their people and culture,” says urban Appalachian writer Neema Avashia in her recen...

Rerun: Eastern Kentucky Mutual Aid

By Mike TempletonOriginally Published April 8, 2023 **** Folks, it’s getting cold out there and we need to ensure everyone has a warm place to stay and basic needs are met. The good folks at Eas...

Rerun: Tailypo, Tailypo, Who or What is Tailypo?

By Mike TempletonOriginally published October 9, 2022 Cover illustration by Katherine Coville **** October has arrived, and it’s time to embrace the spookier side of life, just in time for Hallo...

Rerun: The John Roger Simon Sorghum Festival

by Mike Templeton **** In honor of the 2023 John Roger Simon Sorghum Festival, we are revisiting this article about last year’s festival, which was the first festival after a four-year hiatus! T...

The Chief of Birds: A new book by Mike Templeton

By Pauletta Hansel Readers of our Urban Appalachian Community Coalition blog are used to seeing posts BY Mike Templeton, rather than about him. Therefore, I am especially honored to be writing this po...

Try Love in a Small Town

By Elissa Yancey In a hot, hot summer when the stereotypically brutal movie “Deliverance” turns 50 and a Jason Aldean hymn to small town violence tops the charts, we at the Urban Appalachian Commu...