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  Our Mission: Located in downtown Frostburg and sponsored by FSU, 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.


Seriously, save the date.  You won't want to miss these CLA events.

Poetry Underfoot: Poetry Underfoot was sponsored by a creative placemaking grant from the Allegany Arts Council.  The project was meant to be temporary, so you may have missed seeing the installations; however, to read the Poetry Underfoot poems, please click here.

The Community Writers' Workshop will meet every-other Monday (including 3 September) at 7:00 PM in the Center for Literary Arts.  Bring your work and copies to share for thoughtful feedback and good company. 


CLA Fall 2018 Hours

Monday and Wednesday -- 12:30-5:00

Friday -- 2:00-5:00


Do you need a comfortable, vibrant space to read or write? Then come visit the Center at 22 East Main Steet in downtown Frostburg. We have coffee, wi-fi access, writing reference books, and contemporary literary journals to browse. We also have free copies of our local publications: Bittersweet, Backbone Mountain Review, and Nightsun. While you're at it, check out our local author book display or our animated poetry videos!

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 Center is a crucial element to the downtown Frostburg arts and entertainment district, sponsoring regularly scheduled events such as writers' and readers' groups, the annual Nightsun conference, and readings by fiction writers and poets while forging partnerships with local businesses, including Dante's, Mountain City Coffee and Creamery, Mountain City Traditional Arts and Main Street Books. We are a proud participant of the annual block parties and art walks and we invite readers and writers to stop in and visit us.


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Call for Volunteers

The Frostburg Center for Literary Arts has an opportunity to suit your interests or 301-687-4340.


Cosponsored by:

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

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