Fall 2020 Plan and Information
COVID-19 Updates and Information

Events & Announcements


  • Community Writers' Workshop

    The Community Writers' Workshop usually meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:00 PM in the Center for Literary Arts; however, we are working on a COVID-19 plan and are not currently meeting. We look forward to eventually sharing your company and reading your work. 

Fall 2020 Events 

Save the dates for these [virtual] Center for Literary Arts events, and check back or keep an eye on our Instagram and our Facebook group for links and further details. 


Sebastian Matthews Reading: Thursday 10 September, 7:30 PM

Sebastian Matthews is the author of a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps, and two booksof poetry, We Generous and Miracle Day. His hybrid collection of poetry and prose, Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision, won the Independent Publishers Book Award’s

silver medal. Matthews is also the author of the collage novel The Life & Times of American Crow and the memoir-in-essays Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State. Learn more at sebastianmatthews.com.

View Matthews' reading on YouTube

Indran Amirthanaygam: 2 October, 7:00 PM, Opening Reading, Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival (Indie Lit)

Poet, essayist, and translator Indran Amirthanayagam was born in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He was raised in Sri Lanka, London, and Honolulu. Amirthanayagam has authored numerous poetry collections, including The Elephants of Reckoning (1993), Ceylon, R.I.P. (2001), The Splintered Face (2008), Uncivil War (2013), and Coconuts On Mars (2019). He writes, translates, and publishes poetry and essays in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. Amirthanayagam’s poems have won a Paterson Poetry Prize and a Juegos Florales. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Kenyon Review, the New England Review, BOMB, Siempre, La Gaceta, and other magazines. A US diplomat, Amirthanayagam has lived in several countries, including Haiti, Belgium, Argentina, and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.

View Amirthanaygam's reading on YouTube

Edward Doyle-Gillespie Reading: 17 October, 7:30 PM

Edward Doyle-Gillespie is a long-time Baltimore resident. A police detective, he holds a degree in History from George Washington University, and an MLA from Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of three books – Masala Tea and Oranges, On the Later Addition of Sancho Panza, and Socorro Prophesy. A new collection of poems is forthcoming.

View Doyle-Gillespie's Reading on YouTube

Adam Day Reading: 29 October, 7:30 PM

Adam Day is the author of Left-Handed Wolf, Model of a City in Civil War, and one chapbook of poetry, Badger, Apocrypha. He is also editor of the anthology, Divine Orphans of the Poetic Project. He is currently director of the Baltic Writing Residency, "which was founded in 2008 in an effort to nurture the literary arts by each year offering individuals a month-long residency in Stockholm, Sweden; a week-long residency at a historic croft cottage in Brora, Scotland; three months at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, just outside Louisville, Kentucky."

Day also publishes Action, Spectacle, an online and print journal of art and culture, which is guest-edited by a changing lineup of writers, thinkers and artists.

View Day's Reading on YouTube

Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival (Indie Lit)

Opening Reading with Indran Amirthanayagam: 2 October, 7 PM

Virtual Panels and Readings: 3 October, 11 AM-5 PM

One-Act Play Festival 

Be sure to catch our re-imagined Online One-Act Play Festival: 14 November 



CLA Fall 2020 Hours 

Monday, Wednesday 9:30-5:00 

Friday 9:30-3:30

Masks and social distancing required. 

Please contact us if you need to use the CLA or its resources. 
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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
Email: cla@frostburg.edu

Jennifer Browne, Director
Email: jabrowne@frostburg.edu