By: Ben Anderson
Diane Gilliam, winner of the 2008 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature, will deliver Warren Wilson College’s annual Harwood-Cole Memorial Lecture Nov. 8. Her presentation, titled “Where I’m From,” begins at 4 p.m. in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center.
Gilliam received the Chaffin Award for “Kettle Bottom,” a collection of poems about people living in West Virginia coal mine camps in the 1920s. The powerful collection also won a Pushcart Prize and the Ohioana Library Association Book of the Year Award in Poetry. West Virginia Public Radio aired an hour-long special based on the poems in “Kettle Bottom,” with readers mostly from coal-mining families.
An alumna of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, Gilliam has written two other collections: “Recipe for Blackberry Cake” and “One of Everything.” She has a Ph.D. degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, where she was born and raised. Her parents, however, were part of the Appalachian outmigration from West Virginia and Kentucky.
For more details about the Harwood-Cole lecture, contact WWC library director Christine Nugent at 828-771-3061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.