Jennifer Browne Named New Director of Frostburg Center for Literary Arts

June 13, 2016
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Jennifer Browne Named New Director of Frostburg Center for Literary Arts

Jennifer Browne Named New Director of Frostburg Center for Literary Arts

Jennifer Browne has been named the new director of the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts, which is located at 22 E. Main St. in downtown Frostburg. Browne has taught English courses full-time at Frostburg State University since 2008.

"The Department of English and Foreign Languages is pleased that Jennifer has accepted this position," said Dr. Amy Branam Armiento, the department chair. "She is a published poet, a Frostburg native and an FSU alumna."

In her new role, Browne will divide her time between teaching and directing programs at the Center for Literary Arts.

"The center enriches FSU and Frostburg's regional community by offering readings, writing workshops, writing groups, informal discussions, art events and opportunities for creative collaboration across academic disciplines, literary genres, artistic media and personal interests. I hope to keep the center a vibrant force in the community, and I hope to broaden our relevance so that even more people see and participate in our good work," said Browne.

Each year, the center offers a variety of high-profile outreach programs, including the Nightsun Writer's Conference, a national creative writing workshop; the Annual Western Maryland Independent Literature Festival, an event that brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators; and the One-Act Play Competition and Festival, an international competition that culminates with performances and staged readings of winning plays.

In late July at the Nightsun Writers' Conference, writers from surrounding regions will visit Frostburg to workshop their writing with four accomplished authors \u2013 Andy Duncan, E. Ethelbert Miller, Patricia Henley and Nance VanWinckel. While the workshops will be restricted to conference attendees, the faculty authors will give a series of complimentary public readings in Frostburg. Details of those readings will be announced soon.

In the first week of August, the center will also offer WordQuest, a week-long creative writing day camp for middle school students. WordQuest is one of many opportunities that the center offers to local students. Browne encouraged K-12 students to become involved.

"I want local students to know that the Center for Literary Arts is also a place for them and for their writing," Browne said. "I'd love to see more high school students engaged in the readings and writing workshops that we offer as an introduction to both the center and to Frostburg State University."

If you would like to volunteer at the center or learn more about its events, contact Browne at 301-687-4340 or For more information about the center, visit

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 Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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