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Kettle Bottom by Diane Gilliam Fisher
Winner, A Room of Her Own Foundation
$50,000 Gift of Freedom
Winner, 2008 Thomas
and Lillie D. Chaffin Award
for Appalachian Writing
American Booksellers Association Book Sense
Top Ten Poetry Book for 2005
Winner, Ohioana Library Association
Poetry Book of the Year
Finalist, Weatherford Award
of the Appalachian Studies Association
Selected for inclusion in
The Pushcart Prize XXX:
Best of the Small Presses
96 pages, $18.00 Sale Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-9660459-7-0
© 2004

Kettle Bottom

by Diane Gilliam Fisher

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Diane Gilliam Fisher

Diane Gilliam Fisher’s family was part of the Appalachian outmigration from Mingo County, West Virginia, and Johnson County, Kentucky. Her first book, One of Everything, was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2003, and her chapbook, Recipe for Blackberry Cake, was published in 1999. Fisher lives in Akron, Ohio.

A Room of Her Own Foundation
$50,000 “Gift of Freedom”

DIANE GILLIAM’S proposed grant project for A Room of Her Own’s gift is a book of poems titled The Blackbirds Too. In it, Gilliam will map the course of “identity accomplished by breakage of the structures a person might depend on to become someone: work, knowledge, marriage, family, goodness. The culture at large defines our first versions of such things, and it seems inevitable that as we grow into ourselves, the received definitions begin to fail us.”

Gilliam describes the Gift of Freedom grant as “actual, practical help for women who need to do their work in a world that often doesn’t know how much it needs that work, and as a sacred trust that heartens us, binds us to our work and to each other.”

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