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4th Annual Thanksgiving Reading and Non-Perishable Food Drive

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The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with Main Street Books and A STAR! AmeriCorps, will hold its fourth annual Thanksgiving Open Mic Reading and Non-Perishable Food Drive on Monday, November 24, at Main Street Books, located at 2 E. Main Street, Frostburg.  The reading will begin at 7:30 PM. Participants and spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items, preferably related to Thanksgiving.

Local writers and community members will kick off the reading with works of poetry and prose based loosely on the theme of food. The second half of the reading will be opened to the public to read works of their choice, also based loosely on the theme of food. Interested persons receive a five minute segment to read.

For those who cannot make it to the reading, we will be collecting non-perishable food items from now until the reading on November 24. You can drop your donation off at Main Street Books or at the Center for Creative Writing. Non-perishable food items will be donated to Frostburg Pantry Partners.

For questions regarding the reading and donations, please contact Bethany Doyle at bldoyle@frostburg.edu or call the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4340. For more news and events visit our webpage www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter. To join our mailing list, contact cwcenter@frostburg.edu.

Marion Winik

marion winik

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing is pleased to announce Marion Winik as the next author in the Fall 2014 reading season. The event is free for all to attend and will be held at 7:30 PM on November 18th in the Lyric Theater.

Winik was born in Manhattan in 1958 and raised on the Jersey shore. She graduated from Brown University in 1978 and received an MFA from Brooklyn College in 1983. Before Creative Nonfiction was recognized as a genre in the early nineties, Winik started writing personal essays in the late eighties. The essays first appeared in The Austin Chronicle. After reading her essays, National Public Radio reporter John Burnett offered Winik a commentator job. In 1994, Winik published a collection of essays in a book entitled, Telling.  That same year, she received a fellowship in Creative Nonfiction from the National Endowment for the Arts. Soon after, Winik freelanced for women’s magazines, parenting magazines, travel publications, and newspapers. 

In 1996, following her first husband’s death, Winik published her memoir First Comes Love which tells the story of her marriage and her husband’s battle with AIDS. The memoir was a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Austin Writers’ League Violet Crown Award. Other works by Winik include: The Lunch-Box Chronicles, Rules for the Unruly, Above Us Only Sky, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead, nonstop and BoyCrazy.

Currently, Winik teaches writing in the MFA program in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore. She also has a column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com and has a new memoir from Globe Pequot Press, Highs in the Low Fifties: How I Stumbled Through the Joys of Single Living.

Center for Creative Writing Director Gerry LaFemina says about Winik's appearance: "More than just a fine writer, Marion is such an engaging and compelling personality. She was here for the Nightsun Conference last July and the participants liked her so much we just needed to bring her back. Her writing is smart, funny, emotionally engaging, and relevant. I hope we have a big crowd for her reading because people will not be disappointed."

Directly following the reading there will be a book sale and reception.  For more information, feel free to contact the Center for Creative Writing by email at cwcenter@frostburg.edu or by phone at (301) 687-4340.

Stephen Dunn

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Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn will read his work on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Lyric Theatre, 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg. This event, hosted by the Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, is free and open to the public.

Dunn was born in New York City and the first in his family to go to college. He came into poetry after working in advertising. “My first job out of college was writing in-house brochures for Nabisco in New York, and I kept getting promoted. I was in danger, literally, of becoming like the men who were around me,” he said in an interview with Poets and Writers magazine. “So I quit and went to Spain to write a novel, and wrote a bad one. But I was trying to write poetry too, and those efforts seemed more promising. The rest, as they say, is history, or my history.”

Dunn is the author of dozens of poetry books. Most famous are Dunn’s “Different Hours,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, and “Local Time,” which won the National Poetry Series. Other awards include an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the James Wright Prize, three National Endowments for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. His poetry reflects the American middle class socially, culturally, psychologically and philosophically.  Some of Dunn’s other works include “Landscape at the End of the Century,” “Loosestrife,” “What Goes On: New and Selected Poems 1995-2009,” “Here and Now,” “Riffs and Reciprocities: Prose Pairs” and “Walking Light: Essays and Memoirs.” Dunn is a distinguished professor of creative writing at Richard Stockton College and lives in Maryland with his wife, Dr. Barbara Hurd, FSU English Professor emerita.

For more information, email cwcenter@frostburg.edu or visit www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter.

Reg McKnight

Reg McKnight

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing is pleased to announce Reginald McKnight as the next author in the fall 2014 reading season. The event is free for all to attend and will be held at 7:30 pm on October 23rd at the Lyric Theatre.

McKnight was born in Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany and is the son of an Air Force sergeant. Before the age of 16, McKnight attended 15 different schools, including a segregated school in the south. Before attending college, McKnight served in the United States Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged in 1976. He went on to earn an A.A. from Pike’s Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1978 before earning his B.A. from Colorado College in 1981. He relocated to Senegal to teach English as a second language at the American Cultural Center in Dakar. In 1987, McKnight earned his M.A. in creative writing at the University of Denver.

McKnight’s first book Moustapha’s Eclipse, published in 1988, contains short stories set in Senegal and won the 1988 Drue Heinz award for short fiction. McKnight’s other famous works include I Get on the Bus (1990), The Kind of Light that Shines on Texas (1992), White Boys (1998), and He Sleeps (2001).  He was also an editor for the non-fiction works African American Wisdom (1994) and Wisdom of the African World (1996). Other literary awards that McKnight won include:  the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Hemingway Special Citation, a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Literature. Since 2002 he has been the Hamilton Holms Professor of English at the University of Georgia in Athens, and he is the first scholar to hold the position.

This reading is supported by Frostburg State University’s President Advisory Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Bradford Barkley, Associate Professor of English at Frostburg State University and published fiction writer, says, “We are lucky to have Reginald McKnight as our fall visiting writer. Though all of his writing is great, he is an absolute master of the short-story form. And our students are particularly lucky to have someone of his caliber coming here to work with them.”

For more information, feel free to contact the Center for Creative Writing by email at cwcenter@frostburg.edu or by phone at 301-687-4340.




T. R. Hummer

T. R. Hummer

Monday, September 22, 2014
Lyric Theatre
20 E. Main St.
Frostburg, MD 21532
7:30 PM

 

The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing is pleased to announce poet T.R. Hummer as the first reader for the fall 2014 reading season. The event is free for all to attend and will be held at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 22nd in the Lyric Theater, located at 20 E. Main Street in Frostburg.

Hummer will be reading from his new collection of poems, Skandalon. His other books include Translation of Light (1976), The Angelic Orders (1982), The Passion of the Right-Angled Man (1987), The Eighteen-Thousand-Ton Olympic Dream (1987), Walt Whitman in Hell (1996), Useless Virtues (2001), The Infinity Sessions (2005), and Ephemeron (2011). He has also written two books of literary criticism -- The Muse in the Machine: Essays on Poetry and the Anatomy of the Body Politic (2006) and Available Surfaces (2012) – and won numerous literary awards, including two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hummer has taught at Kenyon College, Middlebury College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Georgia-Athens. He is the Director of the creative writing program at Arizona State University. In addition to all of his literary merits, Hummer is also an accomplished saxophonist and can be heard on the album Young and Evil by Little Ronnie and the Grand Dukes, his blues group.

Gerry LaFemina, the Director of the Center for Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English at Frostburg State University, says, “We’re extremely lucky to have T.R. Hummer coming to Frostburg. His poems combine narration and meditation and lyricism in lush, musically rich and imagistically powerful compositions. Beyond his poems, though, he’s also edited some of the finest literary journals in the past 25 years. For as long as I’ve been reading poems, I’ve been reading Hummer’s work, and I’m excited he’s going to be in our town.”

For more information, feel free to contact the Center for Creative Writing by email at cwcenter@frostburg.edu or by phone at (301) 687-4340.



Laura McCollough and Suzanne Parker

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                     Laura McCollough                      &                      Suzanne Parker

April 24th, 2014
Lane Center 113
Frostburg State University,
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303
7:30 PM

 

Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing is excited to announce Laura McCullough and Suzanne Parker as our next visiting authors as part of our Spring 2014 Reading Series.  Their readings will take place in the Lane Center, Room 113, on Frostburg State’s campus on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 7:30 PM

Laura McCullough has written several books, including her book of poetry, Panic (Alice James Books), her edited anthology, The Room & The World: Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Dunn (Syracuse University Press, 2013), and her most recent book of poetry, Rigger Death & Hoist Another (Black Lawrence Press, 2013).  In addition, her collection of “linked monologues in the voices of women from around the globe” entitled Shutters*Voices*Wind will be published by ELJ Publications.  McCullough has been awarded several honors and scholarships throughout the course of her career, and she has been published in several anthologies and literary magazines and journals. 

Suzanne Parker is the author of Viral, a collection of poems. Her recent and forthcoming publications include Serving House, Rattapallax, Macguffin, Cider Press Review, and others. Her creative non-fiction is published by the U of Wisconsin P in the travel anthology Something to Declare. She is a winner of the Alice M. Sellars Award from the Academy of American Poets and was a Poetry Fellow at the Prague Summer Seminars. Suzanne co-directs the creative writing program at Brookdale Community College and teaches poetry workshops at the very tip of Manhattan with the Uptown Writers Group.

Sponsored in part by the Frostburg Student Government Association and the Frostburg 3 AM Society, as well as the Allegany Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, this event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, please contact the Center for Creative Writing at cwcenter@frostburg.edu or call us at (301) 687-4340.


Michael Martone Reading
March 12th, 2014
Lyric Theatre

20 E. Main St.
Frostburg MD 21532
7:30 PM


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This event is free for all to attend and will be held at 7:30 on Wednesday, March 12th in the Lyric Theatre located at 20 East Main Street in Downtown Frostburg.

Michael A. Martone is a professor at The Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, where he has been teaching since 1996. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Four for a Quarter: Fictions (fiction), Double-Wide: Collected Fiction of Michael Martone (fiction), Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins (nonfiction), and The Blue Guide to Indiana (fictional travel guide). His 2005 work, Michael Martone, is an investigation of form and autobiography. It was originally written as a series of contributor's notes for various publications. His literary forte is "false biographies."

Martone attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University. He holds a MA from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University. He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University and Syracuse University. Martone won the 1998 Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction for his book Flatness and Other Landscapes published by University of Georgia Press.

He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, the poet Theresa Pappas. The couple has two sons.

Co-sponsored by the 3 A.M. Society and the Student Government Association, this event is also sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, the Maryland Arts Council, the Frostburg State University Department of English and College of Liberal Arts Sciences, with additional funding from AmeriCorps.
         
            For more information contact the Center for Creative Writing:
            Telephone: 301-687-4340
            E-mail: cwcenter@frostburg.edu
            www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter/




Katie Fallon Reading
November 19th, 2013
Lyric Theatre
20 E. Main St.
Frostburg MD 21532
7:30 PM


Katie Fallon


  This event is free for all to attend and will be held at 7:30 on Tuesday, November 19th in the Lyric Theatre located at 20 East Main Street in Downtown Frostburg.

           Katie Fallon is the author of Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. Her nonfiction has appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ecotone, Tusculum Review, Fourth River, and elsewhere. Katie has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University, and she is a co-founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. Her first word was "bird."
           
            This event is sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, the Maryland Arts Council, the Frostburg State University Department of English and College of Liberal Arts Sciences, with additional funding from AmeriCorps.
            For more information contact the Center for Creative Writing:
            Telephone: 301-687-4340
            E-mail: cwcenter@frostburg.edu
            www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter/

Karen McElmurray Reading
October 24th, 2013
Lyric Theatre,
20 E. Main St.
Frostburg MD 21532

7:30 PM


Karen McElmurray


          The event is free for all to attend and will be held at 7:30 on October 24th in the Lyric Theatre located at 20 East Main Street in Downtown Frostburg.

           Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey, was an AWP Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Editor’s Pick by Oxford American, and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Other stories and essays have appeared in Iron Horse, Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Riverteeth, and in the anthologies An Angle of Vision, Listen Here, Dirt, and To Tell the Truth. Her writing has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Most recently, her essay, “Strange Tongues,” was the recipient of the Annie Dillard Award from The Bellingham Review.She currently teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Programs at West Virginia Wesleyan University and Murray State University. In Spring 2014, she will be the Lewis Rubin Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University.
           
            This event is sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, the Maryland Arts Council, the Frostburg State University Department of English and College of Liberal Arts Sciences, with additional funding from AmeriCorps.

            For more information contact the Center for Creative Writing:
            Telephone: 301-687-4340
            E-mail: cwcenter@frostburg.edu
            www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter/



Rick Campbell Reading
September 19th, 2013
Lyric Theatre,
20 E. Main St.
Frostburg MD 21532

7:30 PM

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            The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing is excited to begin the fall 2013 Reading season with poet, Rick Campbell. The event is free for all to attend and will be held at 7:30 on September 19th in the Lyric Theatre located at 20 East Main Street in Downtown Frostburg.

             Rick Campbell is the author of four books of poems: Dixmont, (Autumn House Press) The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books); Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech Press); and A Day’s Work (State Street Press).  He has edited two anthologies: Isle of Flowers and Snakebird (Anhinga Press) and won a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two poetry fellowships from the Florida Arts Council. He’s published poems and essays in many journals including The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, Prairie Schooner, Fourth River, Kestrel, Story South and others.  Campbell is the director of Anhinga Press and teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. 

            Frostburg Center for Creative Writing Director Gerry LaFemina says, "It's great to have a writer like Rick come out to FSU--he's a terrific poet, surely, and he has ties to the region having grown up in Pittsburgh.  More importantly he's a great teacher and a great friend to writers.  His work with Anhinga Press--one of the best independent poetry publishers in the country--is well known, and he is surely one of the best poetry editors in the country.  Our students and our local writers will get a lot out of this event."

            This event is sponsored by the Allegany Arts Council, the Maryland Arts Council, the Frostburg State University Department of English and College of Liberal Arts Sciences, with additional funding from AmeriCorps.

            For more information contact the Center for Creative Writing:
Telephone: 301-687-4340
E-mail: cwcenter@frostburg.edu
www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter/