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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

Spring 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. If you missed previous semesters' virtual events, they have been archived on our YouTube Channel

Reading Series

8 February: Gerry LaFemina, Clatter, 15 S. Broadway, Frostburg, 7:30 PM 

Release reading for The Pursuit: A Meditation on Happiness 

The Pursuit: A Meditation on Happiness by Gerry Lafemina is creative nonfiction. Like the Stones’ Exile on Main Street, it’s a hodge-podge: memoir, philosophy, lit crit, pop culture, history, and reflection. Gerry calls it a meditation. It really is an essay in the French way of being a trial or an experiment.

16 March: Zhang Er Reading, Center for Literary Arts, Lewis J. Ort Library, Room 237, 7:00 PM 

Zhang Er, poet, translator and opera librettist, was born in Beijing and moved to US in 1986. She is the author of seven collections of poetry in Chinese, most recently Sea Volts and Bullets Twirl 《海跳起,子弹婉转》. Her most recent book in English translation, First Mountain (2018), a collaborative work with American poet Joseph Donahue, is from Zephyr Press, which has also published her selected poems in two bilingual collections, So Translating Rivers and Cities and Verses on Bird. She has seven chapbooks in English translation, among them, The Disappearance of Little Fang Family Lane. She co-edited and participated in the translation of the anthologies, Another Kind of Nation: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman House Publishers), and The Art of Women in Contemporary China: Both Sides Now, (Cambridge Scholars Publisher).

She is also known for her translation of the work of American poet John Ashbery over the past twenty years, which have been published in various poetry journals in China.

She writes opera libretti in English for American composers; Moon in the Mirror (with music by Stephen Dembski) was premiered in NYC in 2015; Fiery Jade, Cai Yan (music by Gregory Youtz) was premiered at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA in 2016. She teaches at The Evergreen State College in Washington State.

7 April: Robert Wood Lynn, Lewis J. Ort Library, 3rd Floor, 7:30 PM 

Lynn is a writer from Virginia. Winner of the 2021 Yale Younger Poets Award, his debut collection Mothman Apologia is forthcoming in April 2022 from Yale University Press.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he is an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University, where he teaches creative writing in the undergraduate writing program and serves as Art Editor for Washington Square Review.

He splits his time between Brooklyn and Rockbridge County, Virginia. You can find him in the Writer’s House at NYU, on his bicycle around the city, or on twitter at @robertwoodlynn.

21 April: Julia Koets, Lewis J. Ort Library, 3rd Floor, 7:30 PM 

Koets is the author of Pine, Hold Like Owls, and The Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays, a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist.

Julia's essay "The Rib Joint" was named a Best American Essays 2020 notable essay. She is the winner of the 2017 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Book Award judged by Mark Doty, the 2019 Michael Waters Poetry Prize, and the 2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize judged by National Book Award Winner Nikky Finney.

She's an assistant professor of creative nonfiction at the University of South Florida.  

5 May: Lisa Elmaleh, Natural History Museum, Compton Science Center, 7:30 PM 

Elmaleh is an American visual artist, educator, and documentarian based in Hampshire County, West Virginia. She specializes in large-format work in tintype, glass negative, and celluloid film. Since 2007, she has been traveling across the US documenting American landscapes, life, and culture. 

Born in Miami, Florida (1984), Lisa completed a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2007, during which time she was awarded the Silas Rhodes Scholarship. Upon graduating, she received the prestigious Tierney Fellowship to work on a project that evolved into an in-depth visual documentation of the impact of climate change on the Everglades. The culmination of this project resulted in a book titled Everglades published in 2016 by Zatara Press. 

Elmaleh's work has been exhibited nationwide and recognized by the Aaron Siskind Foundation, Puffin Foundation, The Tierney Foundation, amongst others. Her work has been published by Harper's Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, CNN, The New York Times, National Geographic, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, and NPR, amongst others.


Everyone is Invited to Read at these Readings 

15 February: Valentine’s/Lupercalia Reading, Clatter, 15 S. Broadway, Frostburg, 7:30 PM 

Everyone is welcomed to participate in this open reading on a theme of love (or wolves, health, and fertility). Bring your own—or someone else’s—poems, short fiction, or short creative nonfiction to read.

15 March: Savage Mountain Punk Arts Poetry Slam featuring Jane Satterfield, Clatter, 7:30 PM 

Poet Jane Satterfield, author of SHEPHERDESS WITH AN AUTOMATIC and APOCALYPSE MIX will be the feature for the first ever SMPA Poetry Slam. After her reading community members are invited to read poems in up to three rounds of spoken word composition. Prizes for the winner! $2 entry fee goes to the winners.

Coffee with a Writer 

5 February: Guy Newsham, Virtual Event begins at 10 AM

Join the Zoom call:

or watch the livestream on the Center for Literary Arts YouTube Channel:

Guy spent a career as a federal scientist, working on making buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.  He has been an enthusiastic actor on the stages of several community theatres for two decades, and started writing for the stage in earnest four years ago.  His short plays have been successful in multiple competitions and festivals, leading to more than 30 productions (already performed or scheduled for 2022) in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.  In 2021 he won Canada's National One-Act Playwriting Competition.  For more information, see

5 March: Liz Arnold, Virtual Event begins at 10 AM 

Join the Zoom call:

or watch the livestream on the Center for Literary Arts YouTube Channel:

Winner of an Amy Lowell traveling grant, a Whiting Writer’s award, and fellowships from the Bunting Institute, Bellagio, the Fine Arts Work Center, Yaddo, and MacDowell, Elizabeth Arnold has five books: The Reef (University of Chicago Press, 1999), Civilization (Flood Editions, 2006), Effacement (Flood Editions, 2010), Life (Flood Editions, 2014), and Skeleton Coast (Flood Editions, 2017). She’s had poems appear in Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Nation, Slate, TriQuarterly, and Kenyon Review. While researching her Ph.D. dissertation on Mina Loy, Arnold discovered Loy's novel, Insel, which she edited for Black Sparrow Press in 1991. She is on the MFA faculty at the University of Maryland, and lives in Frostburg.

This semester’s CLA events are made possible by the Allegany Arts Council, the Community Trust Foundation, and several offices at Frostburg State University, including the Office of the President, the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Lewis J. Ort Library, the Department of Biology, and the Department of English and Foreign Languages and Literature.

2 April: Steven Burr, Center for Literary Arts, Lews J. Ort Library, Room 237, 10:00 AM

Burr has taught at Georgetown University, Frostburg State University, and Loyola University Maryland; at the latter he also served as Director of Program Operations for the Graduate Liberal Studies program. He is the Editor of Confluence: The Journal of the AGLSP, and his first book, Finite Transcendence: Existential Exile and the Myth of Home (Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), examines the human engagement, aesthetically and existentially, with the finitude and limits that define human existence. More recently, he has written on identity, marginalization, and liberal education for the journals Zeteo and Soundings, as well as the Foreword to Duncan and Marjorie Phillips and America’s First Museum of Modern Art (Vernon Press, 2021). He completed his doctoral work in liberal studies at Georgetown University.

7 May, Anna Dickson James, Center for Literary Arts, Lews J. Ort Library, Room 237, 10:00 AM

Anna Dickson James earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and is an Assistant Professor of English at Garrett College.   Teaching creative writing, literature, and composition at the college level with the opportunity to encourage beginning writers is a dream come true for her.  She’s won numerous awards in poetry, short fiction, and novel from WV Writers, Inc., and her work has appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers.  She lives with her one-eyed dog in Friendsville, Md. where she enjoys hiking, and on lazier days, watching the river float by. 


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