Celebrate National Poetry Month with Us!

Diane Gillam Fisher, Appalachian poet, will give a reading on Thursday, April 6 @ 6:30 p.m.

Fisher is the author of the extraordinary, award-winning collection of poems, Kettle Bottom

Set in Mingo County, West Virginia during the Coal Wars of 1920-21, the book was published by Northampton's Perugia Press in 2004. 

Diane Gilliam grew up in Columbus, Ohio and is the recipient of the 2013 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation.   

Gilliam’s first book One of Everything (2003) tells the stories of four generations of women in her family, beginning on Stepp Mountain in eastern Kentucky and ending in a shopping mall in Akron. Her second book, Kettle Bottom (2004), showcases the voices of people living in the coal camps at the time of the 1920-21 West Virginia Mine Wars. Kettle Bottom has won several prizes, including a Pushcart Prize and the Ohioana Library Association Book of the Year in Poetry. Gilliam also won the 2008 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing.  

Light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.

This event is part of the MWCC Humanities Project theme, Imagining Work.