Urban Appalachian Voices Southwest Ohio Writers Speak of Home Thursday, October 11 at 5:00 - 7:00 pm Miami Regionals Hamilton Campus. Gray, teal, green, blue triangles along the right side. Photos of Pauletta Hansel, Sherry Cook Stanforth, and Omope Carter Daboiku in a hexagon shape. Urban Appalachian Voices Southwest Ohio Writers Speak of Home Thursday, October 11 at 5:00 - 7:00 pm Miami Regionals Hamilton Campus. Gray, teal, green, blue triangles along the right side. Photos of Pauletta Hansel, Sherry Cook Stanforth, and Omope Carter Daboiku in a hexagon shape.

Appalachian Studies

Urban Appalachian Voices: Southwest Ohio Writers Speak of Home

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 5-7 pm
Harry T. Wilks Conference Center
Miami University Regionals Hamilton Campus 

In April 2018 the 41st Appalachian Studies Association welcomed over 1,000 scholars, activists, and performers to Cincinnati for a remarkable conference entitled Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond its Borders.  Building on the success of this collaboration, and growing recognition of urban Appalachian culture in our region, Miami University Appalachian Studies proudly reunites three outstanding literary voices for a unique evening of storytelling, poetry, and reflections on place and home.

Pauletta HanselPauletta Hansel is author of six poetry collections, including Palindrome (Dos Madres Press, 2017,) poems and memoir in response to her mother's dementia, winner of the 2017 Weatherford Award for best Appalachian poetry book. Her poems and prose have featured in journals including Atlanta Review, Talisman, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage and Still: The Journal, and on The Writer's Almanac, American Life in Poetry and Verse Daily. She co-edits Pine Moun-tain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. Pauletta was Cincinnati's first Poet Laureate (2016- 2018) and leads writing workshops and retreats in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. She blogs at https://paulettahansel.wordpress.com/.

Sherry Cook StanforthSherry Cook Stanforth teaches at Thomas More College, where she serves as the founder/director of the Creative Writing Vision program. She is co-editor for Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, and managing editor of a river-inspired anthology forthcoming from Dos Madres Press. Her writing appears in various journals, anthologies, and books. Poetry from her collection Drone String (Bottom Dog Press) reflects the storytelling traditions, music and migration experiences of her Appalachian heritage. She performs in a three-generation family band, Tellico, keeps bees and studies native plants.

Omope Carter DaboikuOmope Carter Daboiku hails from the river town of Ironton, where Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia meet; she migrated to Cincinnati in 1972. An award-winning teller of tales, Omope has been affiliated with the Ohio Arts Council as a Master Teaching Artist since 1990. Among the first artists chosen for the Cincinnati Arts Association's "Artists on Tour," she has performed for hundreds of libraries, museums, schools and cultural organizations across the U.S. Her work has appeared in the Southern Appalachian Writers Collective journal Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel; and in both the Frank X Walker and Nikki Giovanni editions of Shepherd University's Anthology of Appalachian Writers, where her first published short story, "The Power of Water Baptism" was nominated for the prestigious small-press Pushcart Prize in 2014.

This event is free and open to the public; an RSVP is appreciated

Co-sponsored by Miami University Appalachian Studies; Department of Languages, Literature, and Writing; Miami Regionals Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services.