Please enjoy virtual performances of works crafted by and featuring Appalachians and other related artists.
The Extraordinary Times: Personal ponderings of Matthew Smith, PhD (History), Director of Public Programs at Miami Regionals and focused on Historical reflections and community perspectives.
The Mountain Minor by Dale Farmer – March 16, 2020
Hillbilly by Sally Rubin and Ashley York – 2019
Many-Storied House by George Ella Lyon – April 10, 2020
Coal Town Photograph by Pauletta Hansel – March 16, 2020
Soldier, Come Home by Frank W. Wicks – May 19, 2020
Hindman at Home
Eleven writers and friends of the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop joined together over the course of five days to read from their work and hold conversations all to benefit the Mike and Frieda Mullins Scholarship Fund. Throughout the event, the Hindman Settlement School accepted online donations to benefit the scholarship and conducted an online auction of signed books and other items. View recordings of the entire series on their Facebook page: Night 1 (April 19, 2020), Night 2 (April 21), Night 3 (April 22, 2019), Night 4 (April 23, 2019), Night 5 (April 24, 2019).
Ohio Arts Council
Carter-Daboiku identifies as “Appalachian of mixed ancestry” – a phrase that allows her to resist categorization and open opportunities for conversation and reflection. Her storytelling invites listeners to dive into the complexities of identity, place, and experience in their own lives and the lives of others. She is a key member of southwest Ohio’s urban Appalachian communities in Cincinnati and Dayton, and is a well-known teacher, mentor, and organizer in the region.
This featured clip is “History Keeper,” a video produced at a digital storytelling workshop sponsored by the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom Project.
Postcards from the Pandemic
Cincinnati’s past and current Poets Laureate, UACC Core Member Pauletta Hansel and Manuel Iris, offered a Cincinnati Poetry Month project, publishing “Postcards from the Pandemic,” poems by Cincinnati area poets. Read the selected submissions here. – April 2020
Appalachian History in Cincinnati, Ohio – June 25, 2020
Mountain Talk: Appalachian Women Poets – Part 1 presented by WMMT 88.7 – April 7,2020
A Poem For This Mother’s Day From Pauletta Hansel – WXVU91.7 – May 8, 2020
A Song From Kaite Laur – WXVU – July 26, 2020
A Poem From Pauletta Hansel – WXVU – August 7, 2020
Thomas More University
“Nettie Jane” by Heather Konerman – May 2020
Please enjoy this lovely piece written by Thomas More University history and theology major, Heather Konerman. Her poetic reading is about Nettie Jane, her great-great-grandmother. Growing up, her mom had a family story about everything from snakes to keys and barges. They were usually stories from her family’s life in Vanceburg, Kentucky before they moved north tothe Cincinnati area. She was always intrigued by these stories that were handed down and slowly, her memories of them turned into poetry.
Heather’s family was part of the Urban Appalachian migration to find work closer to a city (Cincinnati) and much of her creative effort is spent exploring her heritage and ancestor voices. Heather’s poem won an honorable mention in the 2020 Words literary contest. When she’s not studying, she can be found writing, making candles, or sewing.“Pause” by Michael Thompson – May 2020
Michael Thompson grew up with Appalachian values without even knowing he was Appalachian. Strong family ties, music, religion, and a passion for nature and the environment have always felt almost instinctual to him. All of those things and each of the intricate elements that they consist of frequently influence and inspire his work as an artist and poet. He wrote “Pause” one early morning when I woke up before the sun to go to a nature preserve. As the sun rose, he watched and listened as everything started to come alive right on cue. He attempted to capture this moment through metaphors of painting, music, and holy spaces; the things that make him feel alive.
Michael Thompson is an artist and writer amongst other things; some of which include amateur philosopher, botanical enthusiast, world traveler, and a sucker for a good walk. In the words of Richard Brautigan, “I’m in a constant process of thinking about things.” He studies art and English at Thomas More University. His poem “Pause” won the 2020 Sand L. Cuni Award for Creative Writing and the piece appears in Words, the campus literary magazine. Michael was recently part of a UALP grant team, promoting creative and educational interchanges related to Urban Appalachian culture through open mics, school visits and the Appalachian Studies Association conference.