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Spaces Filling Up for Writers Read

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Spaces are filling up for the Thursday, Jan. 26, Writers Read dinner and author series at Eastern Mennonite University.

Renown poet and author, Diane Gillam Fisher, will read from her works following the dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Martin Chapel. Several of the author’s books will be available for purchase, and a book signing and question and answer session will follow the dinner.

“The experience of listening to her poems, hearing her use everyday language in such an extraordinary way had a profound influence on me,” said Vi Dutcher, professor and chair of the language and literature department.  “Diane’s simple and clear prose will speak to you of complex relationships among people and the earth.”

Fisher is the author of several poetry collections, most recently, “Kettle Bottom,” (Perugia Press, June 2004) which earned her numerous honors, including a spot on the American Booksellers Association Book Sense 2005 Top Ten Poetry Books list, the 2008 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing, and inclusion in The Pushcart Prize XXX anthology.

In her review of Kettle Bottom, Catherine MacDonald gives the book high praise, “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.”

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

Tickets and reservations

Writers Read is sponsored by the language and literature department. Reserve tickets online or by calling the language & literature department at 540-432-4168.

  • General Admission $15
  • EMU students with meal plan $5
  • All other students $7

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