Events & Announcements


  •  Women’s Writing Meetup 

    The second Wednesday of each month, 7 PM, Center for Literary Arts 

    The meetup is open to women and women-identifying individuals of all backgrounds who are beginner and intermediate writers or those simply interested in writing as a medium.  The meetup will provide a safe and supportive space for women to read and share their own writing and literary inspiration as well as foster gentle feedback for developing writing skills and more.  All genres and styles of writing are welcome and encouraged. 

  • 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

Spring 2023 Events 

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

Spring Reading Series

Ed Doyle-Gillespie, 23 February, 7:30 PM, Center for Literary Arts, RM 237, Lewis J. Ort Library  

Ed 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 several poetry collections, including Gentrifying the Plague House, Masala Tea and Oranges, Aerial Act, and On the Later Addition of Sancho Panza.

Gregory Pierrot, 30 March, 7:30 PM, Center for Literary Arts

Pierrot studies cultural genealogies and cultural networks across the Black Atlantic.

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Connecticut at Stamford. Pierrot earned a PhD in English at The Pennsylvania State University (M.A., Paris-IV Sorbonne).

In The Black Avenger in Atlantic Culture (University of Georgia Press, 2019), Pierrot focuses on conversations, exchanges and antagonisms between Haiti, France, the United States and the United Kingdom. He translated Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli’s Free Jazz/Black Power (Mississippi University Press, 2015), a classic French-language treatise on African American music. Most recently, Pierrot wrote Decolonize Hipsters, a look at the colonial legacy of hipsterdom.

Bex Mui, 10 April, 7:30 PM, Main Street Books, 2 E. Main St., Frostburg 

Bex Mui, M. Ed is a biracial, first generation, queer witch, energy worker, and equity consultant committed to the work of LGBTQ+ affirmation. Bex founded House Of Our Queer, a QTBIPOC-centered spiritual playspace where she shares offerings for the queer and trans community.  In her book, House of Our Queer: Healing, Reframing, and Reclaiming Your Spiritual Practice, Bex shares about her spiritual journey and current practices including astrology, tarot, sacred sexuality, and honoring ancestors. 

Mary McMyne, 13 April, 7:30 PM, Center for Literary Arts

Mary McMyne’s debut novel, The Book of Gothel (2022), is the story of the medieval midwife and storyteller who would become known as the witch from Rapunzel. McMyne's poetry chapbook, Wolf Skin (2014), won the Elgin Chapbook Award. Her stories and poems have appeared in venues like Strange Horizons, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Chattahoochee Review, Arkansas Review, Cimarron Review, Redivider, and Apex Magazine. She has won the Faulkner-Wisdom Prize for a Novel-in-Progress, a National Endowment for the Arts parent fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, and a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation to research The Book of Gothel in Germany, among other honors. A former English professor, she earned an MFA in fiction from New York University. She lives with her family in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains just north of Atlanta.

Steven Cowie, 20 April, 7:30 PM, 3rd Floor, Lewis J. Ort Library

The Battle of Antietam, fought in and around Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862, was the bloodiest day in American history. Despite the large number of books and articles on the subject, the horrendous effect that the battle had on area civilians is rarely discussed. When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and its Impact on the Civilians Who Called it Home by Steven Cowie rectifies this oversight. Cowie's comprehensive study is grounded in years of careful research. He unearthed a trove of previously unused archival accounts and examined scores of primary sources such as letters, diaries, regimental histories, and official reports.

Steven Cowie earned a degree from California State University, Long Beach. As part of the Los Angeles film industry, he penned spec screenplays and sold his award-winning short film to the Sundance Channel. A lifelong student of the Civil War, Cowie dedicated fifteen years to exclusively researching the Battle of Antietam. When Hell Came to Sharpsburg is his first book. 

Backbone Mountain Review Release Reading (and Party) 

26 March—More information coming soon! 

Coffee With A Writer/Artist 

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

10-11:30 in the Center for Literary Arts

4 February, Parris Ashley 

Born in Baltimore, Parris Ashley is a Maryland Native now living in Frostburg, Maryland. He began his work as a mural artist in 2012 for the City of Frostburg Public Pool, and since then has gone on to be one of the most prolific muralist in Western Maryland, completing over a dozen murals since the summer of 2012. He graduated from Frostburg State University in 2016 with a BA in Painting, with a minor in Art History. Notable works can be found at the Public Pool and historic Gunter Hotel in Frostburg, and the Canal Place museum and train station in Cumberland, MD.

Other events will be added.  

Thanks to our sponsors: 

All Center for Literary Arts events are supported by the Allegany Arts Council, the Community Trust Foundation, the City of Frostburg, MD, the Lewis J. Ort Library, and several offices at Frostburg State University, including the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

Some past Center for Literary Arts Events have been archived on YouTube

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Frostburg State University
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