Center for Literary Arts


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Sponsored by Frostburg State University, The Frostburg Center for Literary Arts serves Western Maryland and the surrounding areas by celebrating the literary arts through a variety of public events and productions, by educating and broadening an interested audience for literature, and by fostering new writers and their work.

Do you need a comfortable, vibrant space to read or write? Then come visit the Center in room 237 of the Lewis J. Ort Library on FSU's campus. Room 237 has a separate entrance from the main Library entrance and may be found by descending the stairs on the side of the Library nearest the Lane University Center. We have coffee, wifi access, writing reference books, and contemporary literary journals to browse. We also have free copies of our local publications: Bittersweet and Backbone Mountain Review. 

Activities include bringing writers to the Frostburg community for public readings, workshops, and discussions; the publication and distribution of Backbone Mountain Review in partnership with the Allegany Arts Council and the Allegany County Public Library System; production of Oasis, a short weekly radio program on WFWM; a reading space with contemporary literary journals and access to a selection of the Lannan videos featuring writers such as Li-Young Lee, Adrienne Rich, Louise Gluck, and Octavio Paz; and literary opportunities for students and community members.

The Frostburg Center for Literary Arts is promoting the literary arts in northwestern Maryland and beyond.

For More Information

For information about the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts, our programs, the Creative Writing program at Frostburg State University, or to get on our mailing list of literary events please contact us using the information provided on this page.

Cosponsored by

The Allegany Arts Council, The Maryland State Arts Council, The Allegany County Library System, and A STAR! AmeriCorps.

Allegany County Library System

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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