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Summer Reading 2005
Diane Gilliam Fisher: Kettle Bottom

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Walking Through the Dark

Smith College presents a conversation about class and history with poet Diane Gilliam Fisher, author of Kettle Bottom. Joining her will be Rick Fantasia, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute; Jim Hicks, Director, Smith College American Studies Diploma Program; and Jennifer Walters, Dean of Religious Life.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 
7:00 pm Neilson Browsing Room


The 2005 summer reading selection for entering students was Kettle Bottom, a book of poems by Diane Gilliam Fisher. Through the voices of immigrant miners and their families, Fisher re-imagines the West Virginia coal mine wars of 1920–1921. An accompanying exhibit of Appalachian Coal strike pamphets from the Jessie O'Connor papers was presented in Neilson Library in fall 2005.

Book Cover: Kettle Bottom by Diane Gilliam Fisher

Copies of Kettle Bottom are available in Neilson Library, Smith College - PS 3556 .I8132 K47 2004

Table of Contents for Kettle Bottom.

Read more about the book from Perugia Press, publisher of Kettle Bottom.

Nominated for Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award for Poetry - see other nominated books.

Kettle Bottom was named an American Booksellers Association Book Sense Top Ten Poetry Pick for 2005.


Author Interview

Read more about Diane Gilliam Fisher from the Poetry Center at Smith College.

An interview with Fisher appeared in the Oct. 20, 2004 issue of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Copies of the article are available in Neilson Library at Smith College and other local libraries.

Diane Gilliam Fisher
Poet Diane Gilliam Fisher


Review of Kettle Bottom (Valparaiso Poetry Review)

Review of Kettle Bottom (Newpages.com)

Poems Online

Poem Internet Link
A Woman is the Heart of a Home

A Reporter from New York Asks Edith Mae Chapman, Age Nine, What Her Daddy Tells her about the Strike


Pink Hollyhocks http://www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/
Explosion at Winco No.9 http://www.perugiapress.com/
Permission to link to poems courtesy of Perugia Press.

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