Most Cincinnatians are familiar with German sauerkraut but as the end of growing season approaches over the coming weeks, check our weekly blog post below about chow chow, a fermented relish is made from end-of-season garden scraps, as part of our Appalachian Foodways series.

Keep reading to learn more about upcoming literary events, an update from Lower Price Hill, and a throwback blog post about the Frank Foster Library, and more!

Core Member Mike Maloney's Involvement with the Frank Foster Memorial Library

Mike Maloney has dedicated many hours to research on the urban Appalachian community and other groups. This is all in an effort to use the data, facts, and figures to better advocate for groups that are underrepresented and, subsequently, face social-economical disparities. Mike also researches the social implications of Appalachian and urban Appalachian culture.

Our posts of excerpts from the Frank Foster Memorial Library - as part of our new and ongoing series on Facebook - have been getting a lot of interest and intrigue. Many of the excerpts express a sort of day-in-the-life of an Appalachian or touch on an issue from the past that is very much prevalent still today. To learn more about Frank Foster and how the collection was stared, please read this blog post from 2016 by Mike Maloney.

Lower Price Hill's "The Collective" Welcomes New Resident Artist

The Collective, Lower Price Hill's group of creative neighbors, has been hard at work.

The Collective is excited to announce Julia as this year's Resident Artist. Julia is an entrepreneur and founder of B.YOUnique Soulistic Healing Center, a social enterprise with the mission to enhance, empower & enlighten the disempowered by providing resources, education, support and soul power tools. Julia is also an active leader and member of several Lower Price Hill initiatives.

The Collective is led by a Resident Artist and Apprentice Artist who are hired for a one year term and six month term, respectively, to develop creative initiatives, engage residents in The Collective, and lead public art activities.

Check out artist profiles HERE.
2020 Census Information
Cincinnati Counts wants to make sure that all Cincinnatians get counted in the 2020 census. They are doing blitzes in 42 neighborhoods using popup sites in visible spaces. If you know of a good site for this let Mike Maloney ( know. The schedule for the neighborhoods and other entities is below. Westside neighborhoods are in August.

COVID-19 Testing Sites in August

One Poem: A Protest in Support of Black Lives
Tuesday, August 18 @ 5:00 PM


 On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 5 p.m. PDT / 8 p.m. EDT, the founding members of the Poetry Coalition will present One Poem: A Protest Reading in Support of Black Lives

The virtual reading will be broadcast live via Crowdcast and YouTube (closed captioning available). The virtual reading will also be uploaded online after the August 18 live broadcast.

Poets reading include: Prisca Afantchao, Sojourner Ahebee, Kazim Ali, Kimberly Blaeser, Jericho Brown, Meera Dasgupta, Kwame Dawes, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Safia Elhillo, Martín Espada, Sesshu Foster, Kimberly Jae, Raina J. León, Mwatabu Okantah, Alberto Ríos, Terisa Siagatonu, Matthew Thompson, Emma Trelles, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Monica Youn, and avery r. young.

Attendees of the Poetry Coalition's One Poem: A Protest Reading in Support of Black Lives are encouraged to learn more about and to contribute funds to Black-led and Black-serving organizations working against injustice. Find out more: Where to Give & Other Resources. 

Virtual Robert Gipe: Summer Library Picnics
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 6:30-8:00 PM

A finalist for the 2019 Weatherford Award in Fiction, Weedeater is a contemporary story of love and loss told by a pair of eastern Kentucky mountaineers. Gene is a lovelorn landscaper who bears witness to the misadventures of a family entangled in drugs, artmaking, and politics. Dawn is a young mother searching—for lost family members, lost youth, lost community, and lost heart.

Picking up six years after the end of Robert Gipe’s acclaimed first novel, Trampoline, Weedeater is set in a community living through the last hurrah of the coal industry and the most turbulent and deadly phase of the battle with opioid abuse. The events Gipe chronicles are frantic. Weedeater is a story about how we put our lives back together when we lose things we thought we couldn’t bear losing, and how we find new purpose in what we thought were scraps and trash caught in the weeds.

Robert Gipe won the 2015 Weatherford Award for outstanding Appalachian novel for his first novel Trampoline. Gipe grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee and resides in Harlan, Kentucky. From 1997 to 2018, he directed the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Appalachian Program in Harlan.

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