Indie Lit Festival

30 September-1 October 2022 

The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System and the Lewis J. Ort Library, is excited to announce that the sixteenth annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival. 

This event celebrates the writers, publishers, and readers of small press and independent publishing. The weekend features readings, roundtable discussions, and practical “how to” sessions.  Keep an eye out for updates and spotlights on folk who will be with us in our Facebook group and on other social media. 


Friday, September 30

7 PM: Indie Lit Kickoff Reading with Mihaela Mosculic and Michael Waters 


Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of the poetry collections Cemetery Ink (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021),  Immigrant Model (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and Father Dirt (Alice James Books, 2010), translator of Liliana Ursu’s Clay and Star (Etruscan Press, 2019) and Carmelia Leonte’s The Hiss of the Viper (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015), editor of InsaneDevotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern (Trinity University Press, 2016), and co-editor (with Michael Waters) of Border Lines: Poems of Migration (Knopf, 2020). She has published scholarship in the field of Romani Studies, on issues of representation, appropriation, exophony and code-switching, and on the works of Kimiko Hahn, Agha Shahid Ali, and Colum McCann. She is the Translation Editor for Plume

Michael Waters has published thirteen books of poetry, most recently Caw (BOA Editions, 2020), The Dean of Discipline (U Pittsburgh P, 2018) and Celestial Joyride(BOA Editions, 2016). His new book, Sinnerman (Etruscan Press), will appear in 2023. Darling Vulgarity (BOA Editions, 2006) was a finalist for the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2001) was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. He has co-edited several anthologies, including Border Lines: Poems of Migration (Knopf, 2020), Reel Verse: Poems About the Movies(Knopf, 2019), Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois UP, 2003). His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, The Progressive and Rolling Stone. A 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, he has been the recipient of five Pushcart Prizes, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, and NJ State Council on the Arts, and residency fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, St. James Cavalier Centre (Malta), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), and Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland). Waters lives in Ocean, NJ.


Saturday, October 1

Panel discussions, craft talks, and readings will take place from 11-5 in the Frostburg Museum and Mountain City Traditional Arts.  A small press book fair is scheduled between 11-4 in the Gunter Hotel Ballroom. 

Saturday 10/1: Events



Mountain City Traditional Arts 

25 E. Main St. 


Frostburg Museum, 2nd Floor 

50 E. Main St. 


The Nature Readings Project 

Bob Kunzinger 

The museum opens at noon 


Working in Multiple Genres 

George Guida and Gerry LaFemina 



Starting a Small Press 

Wayne Lockwood 

Michael Simms and Jim Ralston 

Poetry Reading 



Elizabeth Savage and Doug VanGundy 

Bob Kunzinger 

Non-Fiction Reading 


Literary Publishing 

Michael Simms 

Poet-Tree Project Contributors Reading: Sally Rosen Kindred, R. David Fulcher, Richard Maslow, Nina Forsythe, MC Pratt, Leanna Koch, Gary Ciocco, Sid Gold 


Bad Gigs: Panel and Reading 

Richard Peabody, Gerry LaFemina, et al. 




Saturday 10/1: Small Press Book Fair / Literary Arts Organizations 

11:00-4:00, Hotel Gunter Ballroom 

11 W. Main St. 

Air and Nothingness Press, Todd Sanders 

Backbone Mountain Review, Jack Dubose and Steve Oberlechner 

Bittersweet, FSU students 

Crisis Chronicles Press, John Burroughs 

Gargoyle / Paycock Press, Richard Peabody 

Northern Appalachia Review / WCoNA Writers’ Conference of Norther Appalachia, Rita Wilson 

Samsara, R. David Fulcher

Washington Writers’ Publishing House, Sid Gold 

Lewis J. Ort Library 

Jon D. Brayton 

Michael Simms and George Guida 


Indie Lit Late Night! 

The Downstrokes with Killin’ Me 

9:00-?, The Deep End 

16 W. Main St. 

$5 cover 

CLA Hours 


TuTh: 12PM-5PM

Masks and social distancing required.
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Frostburg Center for Literary Arts
Department of English
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532

Phone: 301.687.4340