Events & Announcements


  • Against Absence website is alive! 

  • 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. 

  •  Oasis 

    Every Thursday at 5:30 PM (approximately) on WFWM Public Radio, 91.9 FM

    Oasis is "a moment of poetry on WFWM Public Radio." The broadcasts feature diverse poets and subject matter to surprise, challenge, and delight the listeners of WFWM.


Spring 2024 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. 

Reading Series

2/29: Lori Jakiela, 7:30 PM, Main Street Books, 2 E. Main St., Frostburg, MD 

Lori Jakiela is the author of seven books, most recently They Write Your Name on a Grain of Rice: On Cancer, Love, and Living Even So (Atticus Books).  Her memoir, Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe (Atticus Books/Autumn House Press) received the Saroyan Prize for International Literature from Stanford University in 2016, and her latest poetry collection, How Do You Like It Now, Gentlemen? Poems at Mid-Life, won the Wicked Woman Prize from Brickhouse Books in 2022.  Her work has been published in The New York Times/Modern Love column, The Washington Post, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Chicago Tribune, LA Cultural Weekly, Brevity, Lit Hub, and more. She directs the undergraduate writing program at The University of Pittsburgh's Greensburg campus and lives in Trafford, Pa. with her husband (and author) Dave Newman, their two children, one rescue rabbit (Waxahatchee Kardashian), and a very spoiled poodle named Dinkus/***. Her author website is Lori Jakiela web site


3/28: Jason Irwin, 7:30 PM, Lewis J. Ort Library, 3rd Floor 

Jason Irwin is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently The History of Our Vagrancies (Main Street Rag, 2020). He was a 2022 Zoeglossia Fellow and part of the Poetry Foundation’s Disability Poetics Project. His nonfiction has been published in Santa Ana Review, Panorama, The Catholic Worker, and City of Asylum’s Pittsburgh Live/Ability: Encounters in Poetry and Prose Project. He grew up in Dunkirk, NY, and now lives in Pittsburgh PA. Visit the Jason Irwin blog.


4/11 April: Michael Garrigan, 7:30 PM, Lewis J. Ort Library, 3rd Floor

Michael Garrigan is a writer and teacher living along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. He loves exploring the riverlands with a fly rod and believe every watershed should have a Poet Laureate. Garrigan’s writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, The Flyfish Journal, River Teeth Journal, The Hopper Magazine, North American Review, Gray's Sporting Journal, The Drake Magazine, and various anthologies and magazines. I am the author of two poetry collections - River, Amen and Robbing the Pillars -  and was an Artist in Residence for The Bob Marshall Wilderness in 2021.

Day After Valentine’s Day Reading

2/15, 7 PM, Main Street Books 

Whether you call it Lupercalia, Cheap Chocolate Day, Singles Awareness Day, or something else, join us for an open reading on a theme of love. Bring a few poems, short fiction, or short literary nonfiction to read. The words don't have to be your own; you're welcomed to bring your own work or work by a favorite author.


Rainbow Reading 

4/12, 7 PM, Main Street Books

Please join us for an evening of celebrating and highlighting LGBTQAI+ voices in honor of National Poetry Month.
Come to Main Street Books on April 12th at 7PM for a colorful event filled with a panel discussion, featured reading by Frank Asher, open mic session, community resources, raffle prizes, activities, and delicious snacks!


Against Absence Reading 

4/27, 2 PM, Mountain View Pavilion, Day Use Area, Rocky Gap State Park 

Reading featuring the contributing authors of Against Absence: Writing on the Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species of Allegany County, MD. 

Coffee With A Writer/Artist 

These informal readings and discussions begin at 10 in the Center for Literary Arts, RM 237 Lewis J. Ort Library 

2/3: Sid Gold

Sid Gold is the author of four previous collections: Working Vocabulary (Washington Writers' Publishing House, 1997 & 2021), The Year of the Dog Throwers (Broadkill River Press, 2010), Good With Oranges (Broadkill River Press, 2015) and Crooked Speech (Pond Road Press, 2018). He is a frequent contributor to Backbone Mountain Review. He is a twice recipient of the Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Award for Poetry and in 2019 he was voted among Baltimore's Best Poets in the Baltimore Magazine Reader's Poll. His poems have appeared in reviews, journals and anthologies for more than forty years. A native New Yorker, he has lived in Hyattsville, Maryland, for a number of years.

3/2: Frank Asher 

Frank Asher is a landscape gardener, artist and writer. He has lived in Cumberland since January of 2018. He has shared his artwork at the Allegany Arts Council and the Culinaire' Cafe.
He has a public piece of art near City Place in Frostburg titled, "A Trellis to Remember" ~ Giving homage to the railroad and coal industries of our area.
His most recent book, "Caming My Life" is available on Amazon.
He has published several single pieces of poetry and is grateful to have this book that highlights his thoughts on nature, family, being queer, living with cancer and more.
This book affirms that life does indeed get better.
He is a member of the Alleghany Arts Council, The Cumberland Garden Club and a member of the Frostburg House and Garden Club. He also volunteers for Beautify Cumberland.
He owns Frank's Terra Dreams. He says; "It's all about co-creating playful spaces with nature."

4/6: Katy Giebenhain

Katy Giebenhain is a poet advocating for access to essential medicines. She is the author of Sharps Cabaret (Mercer University Press), winner of the Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry. Her creative writing MPhil is from University of South Wales. Her MA is from University of Baltimore. Her BFA is from Oregon State. Along with Marty Malone and Alan Bogage she co-hosts a First Friday poetry series from September-June at the Ragged Edge Coffeehouse in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Katy has been a regional judge for Poetry Out Loud and is the former Poetry + Theology editor and designer for Seminary Ridge Review.

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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