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The duties of the Board of Advisors include:

  • Advising the FCWC director, Gerry LaFemina, on the activities, publications, budget, and goals of the Center;
  • Increasing the readership of the Centers’ publications and attendance at Center events;
  • Enhancing fundraising;
  • Developing key alliances with arts and educational groups;
  • Advocating the value and importance of creative writing and the genres of contemporary poetry, fiction, children’s literature, and creative nonfiction;
  • Facilitating public discussions;
  • Volunteering and organizing other volunteers to serve the goals of the FCCW.

Board of Advisors


Gary Horowitz: Chair

Gary Horowitz spends his retirement years as a community volunteer serving currently as president of the Cumberland YMCA, the United Way of Allegany County and HRDC (Human Resources Development Commission). He is also a member of Potomac State College's Board of Visitors. For many years he was a professor of history at Alfred University before joining the administrative ranks in fundraising. He joined Frostburg State University in 1994 as vice president of university advancement. He is a graduate of City College of New York and holds graduate degrees from The Ohio State University.

Jerri Dell:
Community Member

Jerri Dell went to Bard College and the Sorbonne in Paris where she studied French literature, Russian and Italian and graduated with an M.B.A. in international finance from George Washington University.  For thirty years, Jerri developed and managed community-based microenterprise training programs for illiterate and semi-literate women in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America.  In 2004, Jerri retired from the World Bank, moved from Washington D.C. to Western Maryland and open the Arteco Gallery in Historic Downtown Cumberland where she worked as gallery owner and manager for years.   In 2010, she and her artist husband, Terry Bachman, moved to a farm just minutes from Frostburg .  For the past two years, Jerri has become a serious student of creative non-fiction and an aspiring memoirist.

Jeanne Dollinger: Community Member

Dollinger has been affiliated with the Centers activities for over two years, especially as a founding member of the monthly Creative Reading Group. She shares a lifetime of reading with many other members of the community. She graduated from TCU in Forth Worth. TX with a MA in accounting and worked in Houston for Exxon, KPMG and United Energy. She and husband Steve retired to Frostburg in 2004.


Stephen Dunn: Poet

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Different Hours, Stephen Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including 2011's Here and Now. Loosestrife was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in 1996; Local Time (William Morrow & Co.) was a winner of The National Poetry Series in 1986. Other honors include the Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts & Letters, Fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, three NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Levinson and Oscar Blumenthal Prizes from Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, and the James Wright Prize from Mid-American Review. What Goes On: Selected & New Poems: 1995-2009 was issued by Norton in 2009. Stephen Dunn now resides in Frostburg with his wife, the writer Barbara Hurd.


Fred Powell: Proprietor, Main Street Books

Fred Powell is the owner of Main Street Books, which opened in 1989, and is located in downtown Frostburg. He regularly hosts readings and book signings with local, regional and nationally-known authors and illustrators. Main Street Books stocks over 20,000 titles in 45 categories including a vast collection of literary fiction, poetry and children's literature. Powell is a board member of FrostburgFirst, the Main Street redevelopment program for downtown Frostburg, and FSU's United Campus Ministry. Powell is active with the operation of the Frostburg Palace Theatre and is treasurer for The Palace's board of directors. He resides in Frostburg with his family.


Mary Anne Lutz: Professor and Scholar

Mary Anne Lutz holds the B.A. from LaSalle University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Professor of English at Frostburg State University, Dr. Lutz teaches a wide range of classes, including Transatlantic Romantic and Victorian Literature, courses in Women's Studies, and the Capstone course for all English majors. She is the Internship Coordinator for the department of English. Her current research project on Washington Irving places him the in the context of the bustling, culturally diverse Manhattan of the early 19th century.