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Our Mission Statement:
Located in downtown Frostburg and sponsored by FSU, The Frostburg Center for Literary Arts serves Western Maryland and the surrounding areas by celebrating the literary arts through a variety of public events and productions, by educating and broadening an interested audience for literature, and by fostering new writers and their work.
The Center for Literary Arts is excited to announce that it will be spearheading a project called WRAP--the Writing Reading Advent Project, designed to get books and writing journals in the hands of at-risk youth this holiday season. We're aiming at tween and teenaged readers and writers, and we will be working with area churches, the schools, Western Maryland Health Services and more to get the books into the hands of kids who need them. So much of what we do for literacy in this country is aimed at young kids, we want to do more for older kids who may not have access to books. If you or a group would like to help with this endeavor, please contact the Center for Literary Arts!
Monday-Thursday 10a.m.- 6p.m.
Do you need a comfortable, vibrant space to read or write? Then come visit the Center at 22 East Main Steet in downtown Frostburg. We have coffee, wi-fi access, writing reference books, and contemporary literary journals to browse. We also have free copies of our local publications: Bittersweet, Backbone Mountain Review, and Nightsun. Leave a written poem on our easel pad for display in the window, or add a line via typewriter to our Exquisite Corpse project. While you're at it, check out our local author book display or our animated poetry videos!
For information on the Center's activities, download our newsletter, The Writer's Notepad (downloadable PDF file). Activities include bringing writers to the Frostburg community for public readings, workshops, and discussions; the publication and distribution of Backbone Mountain Review in partnership with the Allegany Arts Council; production of Oasis, a short weekly radio program on WFWM; a reading space with contemporary literary journals and access to a selection of the Lannan videos featuring writers such as Li-Young Lee, Adrienne Rich, Louise Gluck, and Octavio Paz; and literary opportunities for students and community members.
The Center is a crucial element to the downtown Frostburg arts and entertainment district, sponsoring regularly scheduled events such as writers' and readers' groups, the annual Nightsun conference, and readings by fiction writers and poets while forging partnerships with local businesses, including Dante's, Mountain City Coffee and Creamery, Mountain City Traditonal Arts and Main Street Books. We are a proud participant of the annual block parties and art walks and we invite readers and writers to stop in and visit us.
Call for Volunteers:
The Frostburg Center for Literary Arts
Writing needs volunteers for the
Saturdays at the Center
- Volunteers to man the Center
itself on Saturdays
Other Opportunities Available
If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, please contact Brady Barnhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-687-4340.
The Allegany Arts Council, The Maryland State Arts Council, The Allegany County Library System, and A STAR! AmeriCorps.