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FSU Creative Writers
Brad Barkley is the author of the novels Alison's Automotive Repair Manual (St. Martin's) and Money, Love (Norton), which was named one of the best books of 2000 by the Washington Post and the Library Journal. Brad was named one of the "Breakthrough Writers You Need To Know" by Book Magazine. He has published two collections of short stories, Circle View (SMU Press) and Another Perfect Catastrophe (St. Martin's). His short fiction has appeared in nearly thirty magazines, including the Virginia Quarterly Review, which twice awarded him the Emily Balch Prize for Best Fiction. His work was anthologized in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2002. His first YA novel, Scrambled Eggs At Midnight, co-authored with Heather Hepler, was published in May 2006 by Penguin. His second YA novel, Dream Factory, published in spring 2007, was a Library Guild "Book of the Month, pick" and voted the Texas Institute of Arts and Letters "Best Young Adult Book" for 2007.Andy Duncan is a full-time journalist for 12 years, Andy Duncan, author of Beluthahatchie and Other Stories, has published short fiction since 1996, winning two World Fantasy Awards and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best science fiction story of the year. His nominations for Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards total 15. Upcoming are "On 20468 Petercook," at Tor.com, and a second collection, The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories. A 1994 graduate of the Clarion West writers' workshop, he has taught at both Clarion West and Clarion and served as a juror for the Philip K. Dick and Shirley Jackson awards.
The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing staff is working hard to advocate the literary arts in the greater Frostburg Community. Along with the university's English Department, the Center's staff is coordinating literary events on campus and beyond.
Gerry LaFemina, Director
Gerry LaFemina's six full-length collections of poetry include The Parakeets of Brooklyn, which received the 2003 Bordighera Prize and was published in a bilingual edition of English and Italian, Graffiti Heart, which received the Anthony Piccione/MAMMOTH Books prize in poetry, and most recently Vanishing Horizon (2011, Anhinga Press) His other books include two collections of prose poems and Wish List, a book of stories. In 2013 two new books will be released: Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist (prose poems, Mayapple Press) and Clamor (a novel, Cordorus Press). A noted writer, editor, teacher, and literary arts activist LaFemina was nominated for the Michigan Governor's Arts Educator of the Year award in 2000, was a finalist for a Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award and was a nominee for the AWP George Garrett award for literary service. In 2012 he received the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Service for his work at the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing.
Bethany Doyle, AmeriCorps Community Outreach Coordinator
(And "Lil Babe," her rescue cat/best friend)
Bethany, a recent graduate of FSU, has worked through the ranks at the Center for Creative Writing, completing 200+ volunteer hours, a semester-long internship, and a one-year work study position. When she's not working, Bethany enjoys long walks in the woods, venting to her journal, dressing her cat in costumes, and creating new snacks.
Michael Schussler, Intern
Michael Schussler is a graduating senior at Frostburg State University. He is an English major with a minor in Film Studies. Michael's hobbies include fiction writing, hunting, skiing, playing sports, and reading.
Brady Barnhart, Work Study
Brady Barnhart is a current student at Frostburg State University. He is studying Secondary Education and hopes to teach English in an urban community where he will aim to advocate for the creative process in the classroom. Sometimes he doesn’t “get” poetry, but if you tell him that you don’t like Walt Whitman, he will unfriend you on Facebook. In his spare time, Brady is an avid hiker, a guitar player in a band that will hit it big one day, and treats his dachshund like a son.