The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, will host the fourth annual Western Maryland Small and Regional Press Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at several locations on Main Street in Frostburg.
This annual event brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators of the local literary community. Participating journals and presses are provided with tables inside Frostburg’s Lyric Theater to display books, submission guidelines and other promotional materials. This year the festival has expanded to several partnering locations on Main Street, including Mountain City Traditional Arts, the Frostburg Public Library and the Lyric Theater. Those locations will be the site of panel discussions and roundtable sessions, which include topics on writing and getting published, teachers and students, blogging and new media publishing, using social media for promotion and multi-genre craft discussions. The festival is an excellent opportunity for members of the local literary community to meet directly with editors and publishers and learn all about writing and publishing.
Some participants this year include Mammoth Books, CityLit Press, Lines + Stars, Kestrel, Gargoyle Magazine, No Tell Books and The Broadkill Review.
The festival will begin with a poetry reading by Nancy Krygowski from the Gist Street Reading Series on Friday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Main Street Books; a reception for press and journal attendees at the Center for Creative Writing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a panel discussion on forging a literary community at 7:30 p.m., also at CCW.
Leading up to the festival, interviews and information about participating presses and journals will be featured on the Center’s website and Wordpress blog. Visit the website at www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter for more information and a complete list of participants.
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