Kettle Bottom is a one-woman rescue operation accomplished in words that say plainly, as the miners might have, yet eloquently, as only a gifted poet can, that these men and women and children were once here in the same world as ours, that they gave up the breath in their lungs and even their very daylight to fuel this world, and that their hopes for their lives and the terrors they endured, who they loved and so often lost too soon that all of it mattered. As it matters that after so many years someone finally heard their faint tapping and, with the urgency of love, went tunneling toward them. --New Pages
Kettle Bottom serves as a reminder that everything in life can be the stuff of poetry, that every life is extraordinary in some way and has something to teach us. --Appalachian Heritage
Fisher's little book held me like a vise, touched me like a prayer. It made me feel like I had lived and walked with the people in its pages. --The Transylvania Times
About the Author
Diane Gilliam's family was part of the Appalachian outmigration from Mingo County, West Virginia, and Johnson County, Kentucky. Gilliam has a PhD in Romance Languages and Literature from Ohio State University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. 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 by Kent State University Press in 1999.