Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival

Frostburg State Center for Literary Arts to Host 11th Annual Indie Lit Fest

The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, will present the 11th annual Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival – better known as the Indie Lit Fest – on Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14, in downtown Frostburg. All events are free and open to the public.

The Indie Lit Fest celebrates independent literature and presses, uniting publishers, editors and their authors with writers and educators from the local community for a variety of literary discussions, readings and events.

On Friday, the festival will open at 5:30 p.m. with a reception at the Center for Literary Arts, 22 E. Main St. in Frostburg, followed by a reading at 6:30 p.m. at Main Street Books, 2 E. Main St., by authors China Martens, Mai’a Williams, Benjamin Brindise, Justin Karcher and Nathanael Stolte.

At 7:30 p.m., authors from PM Press and Buffalo Independent Press Collective will participate in a panel discussion about the author-editor-publisher relationship in the community room of the Frostburg Public Library, 65 E. Main St.

At 9 p.m., there will be a table reading of “Vermillion’s Song: A Sordid Mermaid Musical,” a new work from Western Maryland playwright Kristen Evans, at Sadie’s Gallery, 87 E. Main St. Space for this performance is limited, with admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

On Saturday, registration for participating presses and attendees opens at 10:30 a.m. at the Center for Literary Arts. Full schedules of Saturday’s events will be provided at registration and available all day at the Center for Literary Arts.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a daylong book fair with publications by participating presses will be held in the ballroom of the newly restored historic Gunter Hotel, 11 W. Main St.

Throughout Saturday, author readings will be held at Toasted Goat Winery, 10 E. Main St. Panel discussions will take place in multiple locations, including Clatter Coffee, 15 S. Broadway; the Frostburg Public Library; the Center for Literary Arts; and the Gunter Hotel. Discussion topics include Revolutionary Mothering, Telling the Story Through Podcasting, Writing and the First Amendment, Writing About Spirituality and Dissecting the Plot Monster.

Participating presses for the 2017 Indie Lit Fest include Akinoga Press, Autumn House Press, NightBallet Press, Wagging Tales Press, Crisis Chronicles Books and others.

This year’s festival also features a guerilla podcasting project with Lyd S., host of the Cumberland-based podcast “Record, Talk, Listen,” where attendees will have the opportunity to cast their own stories into the world.

Frostburg’s Indie Lit Fest is possible thanks to sponsorship from the FSU Center for Literary Arts, FSU’s Lewis J. Ort Library, the Allegany County Public Library System, the city of Frostburg, the Community Trust Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council.

For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu/cla/indie-lit-festival or call the Center for Literary Arts at 301-687-4340.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Downtown Frostburg

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Special Events




Free and open to the public

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Center for Literary Arts


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