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 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 2022 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. 

Janisse Ray [Virtual] Reading—15 September, 7:30 PM, Livestreamed to the FSU Center for Literary Arts YouTube  Channel. 

Janisse Ray is an American writer who explores the borderland

of nature & culture. She has won an American Book Award, Pushcart Prize, Southern Bookseller Award, Southern Environmental Law Center Writing Award, Nautilus Award, & Eisenberg Award, among others; and has been inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. 

Her bestselling first book, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, was a New York Times Notable. Her latest, Wild Spectacle, won the Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence. Janisse serves on the editorial board of & is an honorary member of the Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment. She earned an MFA from the University of Montana. Janisse lives near Savannah, Georgia. 


Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival—30 September-1 October 

Friday 9/30 

Indie Lit Kickoff Reading with Mihaela Moscaliuc and Michael Waters 

7 PM (Doors open at 6), Clatter, 15 S. Broadway 


Saturday 10/1: Talks/Panels; Readings; and a Small Press Book Fair 



Mountain City Traditional Arts 

25 E. Main St. 


Frostburg Museum, 2nd Floor 

50 E. Main St. 


The Nature Readings Project 

Bob Kunzinger 

The museum opens at noon 


Working in Multiple Genres 

George Guida and Gerry LaFemina 



Starting a Small Press 

Wayne Lockwood 

Michael Simms and Jim Ralston 

Poetry Reading 



Elizabeth Savage and Doug VanGundy 

Bob Kunzinger 

Non-Fiction Reading 


Literary Publishing 

Michael Simms 

Poet-Tree Project Contributors Reading 

Sally Rosen Kindred, R. David Fulcher, Richard Maslow, Nina Forsythe, MC Pratt, Leanna Koch, Gary Ciocco, Sid Gold 


Bad Gigs: Panel and Reading 

Richard Peabody, Gerry LaFemina, et al. 



Saturday 10/1: Small Press Book Fair / Literary Arts Organizations 

11:00-4:00, Hotel Gunter Ballroom 

11 W. Main St. 


Air and Nothingness Press, Todd Sanders 

Backbone Mountain Review, Jack Dubose and Steve Oberlechner 

Bittersweet, FSU students 

Crisis Chronicles Press, John Burroughs 

Gargoyle / Paycock Press, Richard Peabody 

Northern Appalachia Review / WCoNA Writers’ Conference of Norther Appalachia, Rita Wilson 

Samsara, R. David Fulcher

Washington Writers’ Publishing House, Sid Gold 

Lewis J. Ort Library 

Jon D. Brayton 

Michael Simms and George Guida  


Indie Lit Late Night! 

The Downstrokes with Killin’ Me 

9:00-?, The Deep End 

16 W. Main St. 

$5 cover 


One Maryland One Book Event—3 October, 11 AM, Performing Arts Center, Frostburg State University   

Naima Coster, What’s Mine and Yours 

This reading is sponsored by Maryland Humanities, the Allegany Arts Council, the Allegany County Public Library System, and by NAACP Allegany County Branch 7007. 

Naima Coster is a New York Times bestselling author of two novels and a recipient of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honor. Her most recent novel, What’s Mine and Yours, was a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick, a Book of the Month Club pick, a statewide read for One Maryland One Book, and longlisted for the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award. It was named a best book of the year by Kirkus, Amazon, Esquire, Marie Claire, Ms. Magazine, The Millions, and Refinery29.

Naima’s first novel, Halsey Street, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction and a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

Naima’s stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Elle, Time, Kweli, The Cut, The Sunday Times, and Catapult, among other publications, and in numerous anthologies. She earned her MFA at the Columbia University School of the Arts and has taught writing for over a decade in community settings, youth programs, and universities. 

Naima is currently at work on her third novel. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.


Erin Murphy Reading 20 October, 7:30 PM, Lewis J. Ort Library 

Erin Murphy is the author of ten collections of poetry and editor of three anthologies. She is credited with inventing the demi-sonnet, a 7-line form. Her poetry collections include Human Resources (forthcoming from Salmon Poetry); Taxonomies: Demi-Sonnets (2022); a chapbook of centos, Fields of Ache: Centos (2022),  available for free PDF download from Ghost City Press;  Assisted Living: Demi-Sonnets (2018), winner of the Brick Road Poetry Press Prize; and the chapbook Remorse Code: Demi-Sonnets (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017), winner of the Keystone Chapbook Series competition. With Todd Davis, she is co-editor of Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State University of New York Press, 2010); with Jen Hirt, she is co-editor of Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (State University of New York Press, 2016), winner of the Gold Medal in the anthology category of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards; and With Dinty W. Moore and Renée K. Nicholson, she is co-editor of Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness, Disability, and Medicine (University of Nebraska Press, 2019), an anthology of narrative medicine essays which also won the Gold Medal in the anthology category of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Murphy earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was an M.F.A. Fellow and wrote her thesis under the direction of James Tate. She is Professor of English and creative writing at the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College. She serves as Poetry Editor of The Summerset Review. In April 2022 she was named Poet Laureate of Blair County, Pennsylvania.


Indran Amirthanayagam Reading—3 November, 7:30 PM, Center for Literary Arts, Library 237 

Indran Amirthanayagam writes poetry in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. He is the author of twenty-one books of poems, including Ten Thousand Steps Against the Tyrant (Broadstone Books, 2022), Blue Window, The Migrant States (Hanging Loose Press 2020), Coconuts on Mars (Paperwall, 2019), Uncivil War (Mawenzi House (formerly TSAR), Canada, 2013), and the Paterson Prize-winning The Elephants of Reckoning (Hanging Loose, 1993). 

Amirthanayagam is a 2020 Foundation for Contemporary Arts fellow in poetry, and a past fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts, the US/Mexico Fund for Culture, and the MacDowell Colony. He edits The Beltway Poetry Quarterly; curates the reading series Poetry at the Port at Port au Prince Restaurant in Silver Spring, MD and serves on the Board of DC-ALT. 


Poetry Slam 10 November, 7:00 PM, Clatter, 15 S. Broadway, Frostburg 

Everyone is invited to participate in this competitive poetry reading hosted by special guest Keith Kopka 


13th Annual One Act Play Festival—12 November, 7:00 PM, Palace Theatre, Main Street, Frostburg 

The festival will feature a staging of the first-place winning play of our One Act Play Competition—Yes, And… by Andrew Nicholls, Los Angeles, CA—and staged readings of the second and third place plays—Bitter by Best Tardy, Erie, CO and Mitch Maclay Sings Just For You by Craig Bailey, Shelburne, VT 

This is the CLA’s only ticketed event for the year.  Tickets are $10 for faculty, staff, and the general public, or $5 for students. 


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

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