It is pertinent to lay out the facts and weigh the pros and cons before checking off a box at the ballots, which is why Mike Templeton gathered the facts for us about the Charter Amendment Issue 3 on the upcoming May 4 (tomorrow's) ballot. This charter amendment would put $50 million into an Affordable Housing Trust Fund designed to ensure affordable housing to low-income residents. Read up on what this decision means for low-income residents and the City of Cincinnati as a whole.

Plus, check out the scrumptious blackberry cobbler recipe from Jef Dey, a reading from Pauletta Hansel, and an upcoming art show featuring people from Appalachian and urban Appalachia.

Jeff Dey's Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
(Makes a 9x13 pan)

Cobbler has to be one of the most controversial desserts around. Many recipes call for a biscuit dough either dropped on the bottom or spread on the top. Other recipes call for something a little more like a pie crust which forms the bottom and is also latticed on the top. While I love lattice-topped pies, when I think of cobbler, it’s the fluffy biscuit dough mixed with the gooeyness of the fruit filling with, of course, a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

The other controversy of course is ‘What is a blackberry?’  You can find giant domestic blackberries at the store, but the best berries are those picked from wild briars (so plan your trip to Eastern Kentucky this July!). If you risk the thorns, the Japanese beetles and sunburn, you’ll have a pot of beautiful smallish blackberries that are just tart enough to make your mouth twist a bit. We even include some of the red berries (less ripe) just for a little more tartness.

4 ½ cup blackberries
1 cup sugar (a little more if using wild berries)
1 ½ Tbsp. flour
Biscuit Dough
2 1/2 cup plus 2 T all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 ½ Tbsp. sugar
1 ½ Tbsp. baking powder
1 stick unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
1 1/8 cup milk or half and half

Preheat oven to 425.
Make the filling:
Mix together the berries, sugar and flour in a saucepan.  Cook the filling mixture and just bring to a boil and set aside.
Make the biscuit dough:
Mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk and then cut the butter in with a pastry blender, fork or your fingers (if they’re not too warm).
Add the milk into the flour/butter mixture and blend with a fork until the dough comes together.
Assemble the cobbler:
Grease the pan with butter. Drop tablespoons of the dough into the pan. You don’t need to smooth it out. Then spoon the fruit mixture over the dough.
Place in the oven and bake for a half hour or longer. It should be bubbly and the dough will have risen through the fruit and browned some.
Serve hot or warm with vanilla ice cream.
Review of Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy

You may recall us promoting the book and songbook edited by UACC-affiliated scholar and artist, Fred Bartenstein. Check out this well-written review of the book and don't forget to check it out yourself by purchasing the book here if you are able.
Last week, Core Member Pauletta Hansel shared a reading for the Kentucky Arts Council in celebration of Kentucky Writers' Day and the induction of Crystal Wilkinson as Kentucky Poet Laureate 2021-22. Watch the recording of her reading HERE on Facebook.

Call for Participation: Multi-Racial Relationships Project
The Insitute for Liberatory Innovation
(an independent non-profit research institute) is actively seeking participants for the Multi-Racial Relationships Project and we need your help. We are working to interview 100 individuals who are members of multi-racial families or relationships.

You can learn more about the project HERE where you’ll find detailed information about its background and purpose, research methods, and the researchers.

If you are ready to schedule a short interview, please select the date and time that works best for you here: (If the options provided do not work for you, please let them know and we will gladly find a time that works for your schedule!)
Finally, if you have friends or organizations who may be interested in participating in this project, please share their information with them. 

Questions can be sent to

FREE Bus Rides - Get Out the Vax

Cincinnati Metro and Access paratransit service will, once again, offer free rides on designated days to help people get to COVID-19 vaccination sites. To support “Get Out the Vax” efforts, all Metro and Access service will be free on all routes the second and fourth Saturdays and Sundays in May:
  • Saturday, May 8
  • Sunday, May 9
  • Saturday, May 22
  • Sunday, May 23

In addition, Metro will provide free rides on all routes each day of the upcoming COVID-19 mass vaccination event being held Thursday, April 8, through Saturday, April 10, at the Cintas Center. The Cintas Center is served by Metro Rts. 43151 and Metro*Plus. Customers are encouraged to use the Transit app to plan and track their trips in real-time.

Metro will also provide a free shuttle service transporting riders from Metro bus stops located at Montgomery & Dana and Woodburn & Dana, in addition to making stops at the Xavier University parking lot C-2 and the overflow parking lot, to the main entrance of the Cintas Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Metro is offering the free rides in partnership with the Regional COVID Communications Center, a collaboration between the Cincinnati Regional Chamber and the Health Collaborative; the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Transportation, City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The rides will be funded through the “Rides for Community Immunity” program announced by the Ohio Department of Transportation, which is distributing funds across Ohio’s 88 counties to help get the state’s most vulnerable populations transportation to vaccine locations.

Just Imagine Art Show: Healing harm, sharing grief, envisioning the Kentucky we deserve
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 7:00-8:00 PM

Join KFTC members and artists across the state in the virtual Just Imagine Art Show. We will hear from the artists about their vision for a sustainable and anti-racist future, engage and react with the works of art, and build relationships together. The first 25 people who RSVP to attend the virtual launch will be mailed a special gift!


2021 "Women Speak"
May 1 - July 30

The submission portal for the 2021 Women of Appalachia spoken word event opens May 1! Submit your work here once they open.

Highlight YOUR Cincinnati Neighborhood in Developing Book by Local Writer
Submissions due by July 1, 2021

Nick Swartsell is editing a book about life in Cincinnati Neighborhoods. This isn't a guidebook about where to eat or shop -- it's about the social and psychological and historic contours of distinct communities in Cincinnati.
You should write something for it! Please share this if you know other folks who might want to submit something.

You have probably heard this before: Cincinnati is a city of small towns made distinct by topography and undefined, in-between spaces. They want writers to explore the Queen City’s varied neighborhoods and the places between for The Cincinnati Neighborhood Guidebook, an anthology by Belt Publishing. The book will be part of Belt’s Neighborhood Guidebook Series.

From Sayler Park tipping the city’s far-west tail to Mount Lookout on its eastern fringes, from Carthage to Lower Price Hill, they want essays and other written works that surprise them and tell them something about how Cincinnatians experience living in their neighborhoods, and about how your living in them shapes the city. Take us to the San Antonio Italian Chapel’s Pizza Party in South Fairmount, the boxing gym in the basement of West End’s Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses or the train yards and waterways of the Mill Creek Valley.

They’re hoping to get a diversity of voices and experiences representing as wide a sample from the city’s fifty-two distinct neighborhoods, its many informal sub-neighborhoods and outlying suburbs as possible. Yes, sure, you can submit something about Over-the-Rhine or Northside. But we also really want to hear voices from South Cumminsville, Bond Hill and East Westwood, not to mention Forest Park or Delhi and Covington or Bellevue.

Interpret the above as you wish, so long as the piece you submit is about an area in Greater Cincinnati. Longer submissions will be considered, but they’re looking for work that marries unique insight about lived experience with economy of language. Somewhere between 250 and 1,000 words would be a lovely place to end up for your essay.
Authors will be compensated.

Submissions are due by July 1, 2021. Please submit all entries to

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