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  • 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. 

Spring 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. If you missed last semester's events, fall 2020 events have been archived on our YouTube Channel


Valentine's Reading 

2/16, 7:00 PM 

Join Spectrum and the Center for Literary Arts for an open-to-the-public, open mic reading on a theme of love.  

Read your own work, share a favorite love poem, or simply listen and enjoy. 

Join via Zoom:


Reading Series

This semester, our reading will be live-streamed (and thereafter archived) on our YouTube channel


David Eye

2/18, 7:30 PM

David Eye is the author of Seed. Eye earned an MFA in 2008 from Syracuse University and has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center. Before turning to writing, David enjoyed a career in the theatre; before that, he spent four years in Texas in the military. This places him in an elite group of writer/professors who have served in both the U.S. Army—and the Broadway tour of Cats. David serves as an Associate Editor at 32 Poems.


Krista Eastman

3/9, 7:30

Krista Eastman is the author of The Painted Forest, which was named one of the best literary nonfiction debuts of 2019 by Poets & Writers. The Painted Forest also won the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Nonfiction Book Award and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Her essays have appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, and Kenyon Review and been named Notable in Best American Essays.

She was born and raised in the Driftless hills of Wisconsin. After living in Senegal, France, Antarctica, and the eastern U.S., she returned to Wisconsin where she lives with her partner and young son. She’s working on a new book called Pionier.


Russell Shorto

4/1, 7:30

Shorto writes books of narrative history, most recently Smalltime, which is about his grandfather, who was a mob boss in Johnstown, PA.  Shorto’s previous books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards. In 2009 he was given a knighthood by the Dutch government for advancing Dutch-American historical awareness. In 2018 he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. He is a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.


Keith S. Wilson

(date forthcoming)

Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, and a Cave Canem fellow. He is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and an Illinois Arts Council Agency Award, and has received both a Kenyon Review Fellowship and a Stegner Fellowship. Additionally, he has received fellowships or grants from Bread Loaf, Tin House, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, UCross, the Millay Colony, and James Merrill House, among others. Keith was a Gregory Djanikian Scholar, and his poetry has won the Rumi Prize and been anthologized in Best New Poets and Best of the Net. His book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love (Copper Canyon), was recognized by the New York Times as a best new book of poetry.

Wilson’s work in game design includes “Once Upon a Tale,” a storytelling card game designed for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in collaboration with The Field Museum of Chicago, and alternate reality games (ARGs) for the University of Chicago. He has worked with or taught new media with Kenyon College, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, and the University of Chicago.


                               Coffee with a Writer: Informal Reading and Discussion Series


Amanda Newell

3/6, 10 AM

Join via Zoom: (Links to an external site.)

Stay in your cozy pajamas, pour a cup of your favorite morning beverage, and join the Center for Literary Arts for this informal online reading and discussion with Amanda Newell.

Newell's first first full-length poetry collection, Postmortem Say, is forthcoming from Červená Barva Press in 2023. She is also the author of the chapbook, Fractured Light (Broadkill Press, 2010), winner of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. In 2015 her poem, "A Woman from the Infant Mortality Review Board Calls," won the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, judged by Lynn Emanuel. Her recent work appears or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Gargoyle, Rattle, Scoundrel Time, SWWIM, and elsewhere. She has also received scholarships or fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Frost Place, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). The former English Department chair at The Gunston School (Centreville, MD), she has also taught at the University of Paris (Créteil) and Frostburg State University. She currently works as litigation director for a Washington, D.C.-based law firm and is Associate Editor for Special Features and Social Media at the contemporary poetry journal Plume. She can be found at


Tom Sydow

4/3, 10 AM

Join via Zoom: (Links to an external site.)

Sydow is creator and director of City Dialogues, a loose association of artists and writers who present collaborative multidisciplinary publications and shows, most recently at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park. He currently teaches writing and literature at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Previous publications can be found in DisOrient, Mosaic, and Riprap, under an assumed name.




CLA Spring 2021 Hours 

Monday, Wednesday 10:00-2:30 

Tuesday 10:00-4:00

Thursday 11:30-2:00

Friday 10:00-3:30

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

Jennifer Browne, Director