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Fifth Annual Western Maryland Small and Regional Press Festival to Be Held at FSU

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, will host the fifth annual Western Maryland Small and Regional Press Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre on Main Street in Frostburg.

This annual event brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators of the local literary community. Participating journals and presses display books, submission guidelines and other promotional materials. Panel discussions and roundtable sessions include topics on writing and getting published, teachers and students, blogging and new media publishing, using social media for promotion and multi-genre craft discussions. The festival is an excellent opportunity for members of the local literary community to meet directly with editors and publishers and learn all about writing and publishing.

Some participants this year include Post Mortem Press, Raw Dog Screaming Press, Shady Side Review, Lines + Stars, Kestrel, Gargoyle Magazine, Abecedarian Books and The Broadkill Review.

This year the festival has been expanded to a weekend-long event, starting with a poetry slam on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Dante’s Bar in Frostburg. On Friday, Oct. 14, there will be a reading featuring several authors from participating presses at 5 p.m. at Main Street Books, a reception for press and journal attendees from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Creative Writing on Main Street and a panel discussion on the author/editor relationship at 7:30 p.m. at the Frostburg library.

Leading up to the festival, interviews and information about participating presses and journals will be featured on the center’s website and Wordpress blog. For more information and a complete list of participants, go to

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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Frostburg State University
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