Rereading Appalachia: Literacy, Place, and Cultural Resistance


Appalachia faces overwhelming challenges that plague many rural areas across the country, including poorly funded schools, stagnant economic development, corrupt political systems, poverty, and drug abuse. Its citizens, in turn, have often been the target of unkind characterizations depicting them as illiterate or backward. Despite entrenched social and economic disadvantages, the region is also known for its strong sense of culture, language, and community.

Attuned Advocacy: Rhetorics of Engagement in Urban Appalachia

Naming Affrilachia

Findings trace an increase in inclusivity and diversity in Appalachian advocacy from the 1960s to the 2010s; the empowering relationship between an organization’s public rhetorics and its individual community members’ attitudes toward their cultural identities; and the role arts movements play in building community and challenging cultural stereotypes.

Innovating an End to Veteran Homelessness

veteran homelessness

Veterans, both male and female, have historically been overrepresented in the U.S. homeless population. This book provides insight into the initial deployment of a Lean Management System across VA, the nation’s largest healthcare system.

Untold Content Featured in Cincy Chic

Untold’s content strategy sessions with BidView led us to the idea that government procurement often feels like a dense wilderness to small business owners–especially those hoping to get started for the first time.

What This Year’s Big Pitch Stories Reveal about Inclusivity and Diversity

Big Pitch

As founder of Untold Content and myself a former Big Pitch finalist, I analyzed the brand stories from the audience’s point of view this year. Storytelling techniques ranged from goofy to contemplative, strategic to impact-driven. Ultimately, for the fifth year in a row, male founders won both awards.

Katie Trauth Taylor: A Story of Untold Power

Women of cincy

Former college professor and current CEO of Untold Content, Katie Taylor, joined us for an interview in the sun-soaked back patio of Iris Book Café. Sitting amongst overgrown ivy and midday coffee drinkers, Katie spoke about empowerment through storytelling, balancing motherhood and entrepreneurship, and knowledge sharing as an act of love.