Diane Gilliam Fisher

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Diane Gilliam Fisher (born 1957)[1] is an American poet. She is author of several poetry collections, most recently, Kettle Bottom (Perugia Press, 2004).[2]

Fisher was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.[3] She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Spanish and a Ph.D. in romance languages from Ohio State University, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Warren Wilson College.[4] She lives in Brimfield, Ohio.[3]


Diane Gilliam Fisher has had her poems published in literary journals and magazines including Wind Magazine, Appalachian Journal, Shenandoah, and The Spoon River Poetry Review.[5]

Her 2004 book Kettle Bottom received numerous honors, including a spot on the American Booksellers Association Book Sense 2005 Top Ten Poetry Books list, and inclusion in The Pushcart Prize XXX anthology.[2] Of Kettle Bottom, Catherine MacDonald says[6] "Set in 1920–21, a period of violent unrest known as the West Virginia Mine Wars, the poems in Kettle Bottom combine compelling narratives with the charged, heightened language of lyric poetry. It is an unforgettable combination, one that characterizes the very best contemporary verse."

Diane won the $50,000 "Gift of Freedom" Award for her poetry from A Room of Her Own Foundation in March 2013.[7]


Full-Length Poetry Collections


Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2013 $50,000 Gift of Freedom Award from A Room of Her Own Foundation [7]
  • 2008 Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing[2]
  • 2005 Ohioana Poetry Book Award[4]
  • 2004 Perugia Press Prize
  • 2003 Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowship[3]


  1. ^ a b c Library of Congress Online Catalog, Diane Gilliam Fisher
  2. ^ a b c Perugia Press, Author Page: Diane Gilliam Fisher Archived 2009-11-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c The Poetry Center at Smith College, Diane Gilliam Fisher Bio (retrieved 29 April 2015)
  4. ^ a b The Ohioana Library, The Ohioana Poetry Book Award: 2005
  5. ^ The Spoon River Poetry Review, Vol. XXVIII, No. 2, Summer/Fall 2003.
  6. ^ Catherine MacDonald, "Review of Kettle Bottom by Diane Gilliam Fisher", Blackbird, Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 2007.
  7. ^ a b A Room of Her Own Foundation, Gift of Freedom Award

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