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. 

  • Poet-Tree and Random Acts of Poetry

    The CLA is always looking for fun ways to get more poems into the community. Check out these two new projects

Fall 2021 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 If you missed last semester's events, Spring 2021 events have been archived on our YouTube Channel


Reading Series 


Ross Gay, The Book of Delights (essays): 10/6, 1:00 PM, Virtual Event.  Please Register Here

This reading is held as part of One Maryland One Book, sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, the Office of the Provost, the Lewis J. Ort Library, the Allegany County Public Library System. and the Allegany Arts Council. 

Rick Campbell, Provenance (poetry): 10/1, 7:00 PM, Virtual Reading

This reading kicks off the Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival (Indie Lit) and will be livestreamed to the CLA's YouTube Channel. 

Keith S. Wilson, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love (poetry): 10/21, 7:30 PM, 3rd Floor, Lewis J. Ort Library 

Charles Ewers, A Guide to Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore: The Old Home Is Not There (photography / historical non-fiction) 11/4, 7:30 PM, Center for Literary Arts, 237 Lewis J. Ort Library 

Thaddeus Gunn (fiction) 11/18, 7:30 PM, Clatter, 15 S. Broadway St., Frostburg.  


One Maryland One Book Dates through 10/6

The Center for Literary Arts will be hosting a series of reading groups and other events for Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights. These events are sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, the Office of the Provost, the Lewis J. Ort Library, the Allegany County Public Library System. and the Allegany Arts Council. A schedule and more information will be available soon on the CLA website. 


Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival (Indie Lit) 10/1-10/2 

Indie Lit has been moved online this year. All events will be livestreamed to the Center for Literary Arts' YouTube Channel

Opening Reading with Rick Campbell on the evening of 10/1.. 

Saturday readings and panels will take place between 10-4. 

Edward Doyle-Gillespie, Policing Speaks to Poetry, 10:00 AM

Brad Barkley, Floaty-Groundy: A Way of ThinkingAabout Character and Plot, 11:00 AM

Tony Russo, Compelling Stories About Ordinary People, 12:00 PM

Sally Rosen Kindred Reading, 1:00 PM 

Gerry LaFemina, Lyrics and the Lyric Poem, 2:00 PM 

Kestrel Reading, 3:00 PM 

Indie Lit celebrates the writers, publishers, and readers of small press and independent publishing.  The weekend will feature readings, roundtable discussions, practical “how to” sessions.  Although we won't be holding a book fair, we're happy to direct you to the sales pages of our favorite small and independent presses. 


One Act Play Festival

The One-Act Play Festival features staged readings of the winning plays of our international One-Act Playwriting Competition and a talkback with writers, actors, and directors.  This is a virtual event that will premier 12/5 at 2:00. 

Congratulations to the winners of our2021 One-Act Playwriting competition! 

First: The Mockingbird's Nest, Craig Bailey, Burlington, VT 

Second: A Lovely Day for a Boating Trip (And To Kill Your Spouse), Lindsey Brown, Aukland, NZ 

Third: Mab's Rabbits, Brenda Kenworthy, Costa Mesa, CA 


Coffee With A Writer 

These Saturday-morning events feature informal readings, discussions, coffee and pastries. 

10-11:30 in the Center for Literary Arts 

9/4 Lisa Sheirer, visual artist 

11/6 Jon D. Brayton, fiction author and visual artist 


Write Now! Series

Bring your novel-in-progress, a poem, a one-act play, or whatever you’re writing and join us for a series of mentored workshops facilitated by Mercedes Hettich and local and regional writers on Monday evenings at the Center for Literary Arts.



CLA Fall 2021 Hours 

MWF: 12p-4:30p

Tuesday: 2:30p-5:30p 

Thursday: 3:30p-5:30p

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