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Top Photo: Students from Dr. Branam Armiento’s African American Literature class visit the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia, Virginia.

Bottom Photo: 
Dr. Branam Armiento’s African American Literature class reflects on the Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence exhibit at the Anacostia Community Museum. 

Photo Credit: Joel Watson

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Alumni: Joseph Sherrod

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Joseph Sherrod, who graduated in May 2012, was a President of the 3 A.M. Society while at FSU, as well as an RA for the Savage Mountain Arts Academy’s Creative Writing Camp for high school students and a creative writing instructor at the Allegany County library in La Vale. He is currently an associate editor of TOSKA Magazine, a seasonal publication dealing with short form creative nonfiction.

My English degree from FSU got me a salaried, full-time job with benefits. I just completed my first week as a Copy Editor at Morningside Partners, which was originally founded in the 90s upon the sale of Reuters’ news-wire division for verbatim political transcript services. Doing business as ASC Services LLC, MSP has offices in Linthicum, MD, Largo, MD, and New York City. You can see more at www.fdch.com.

Every day, I make sure transcripts of breaking news coming out of Congress are accurate, fit AP style, and see them published to the news wire quicker than the competition. If you want to see some of my most-recent work, check out the official transcript of President Obama’s speech regarding NSA reform.

Yes, my degree was in creative writing, and this is not very creative work. However, it does keep my fingers flying on a keyboard, whether I’m being creative or not. This habit has kickstarted my freelance work, and I’m currently enjoying my work on a multi-part feature story relating to Queer Studies. 

I have the talented, patient faculty at Frostburg State University to thank for this opportunity. In particular, because I love singling people out, I want to thank Dr. Amy Branam for getting me placed in the tutoring center, Dr. Farhad Idris for helping me improve parallelism in my writing, Dr. Kevin Kehrwald for introducing me to Queer Studies i
n his film classes, and finally, Brad Barkley and Gerry LaFemina for their consistently valuable red pens and tireless hours in workshop. 


Special thanks go out to Mark Smith in the tutoring center for tolerating my grumbles as long as he did. That man is a treasure. Working under him taught me everything I needed to know in order to do what I’m doing today.

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Frostburg State University associate professor in English, director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, and poet Gerry LaFemina celebrates the release of his first novel, Clamor, the story of a 39 year old punk musician who comes on the death of his father to the family he’s been estranged from for 15 years.  Part Prodigal Son and part Social Distortion record, Clamor, as music writer Joe Bonomo says, “finds the bedlam heart of anarchy.”  The official release party is in Manhattan on January 24.

Frostburg State University associate professor in English, director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, and poet Gerry LaFemina celebrates the release of his first novel, Clamor, the story of a 39 year old punk musician who comes on the death of his father to the family he’s been estranged from for 15 years.  Part Prodigal Son and part Social Distortion record, Clamor, as music writer Joe Bonomo says, “finds the bedlam heart of anarchy.”  

The official release party is in Manhattan on January 24.

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REMINDER:
Tonight the Center for Creative Writing will host the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Reading and Food Drive at Main Street Books at 7:30. The reading will also serve as a food drive for the local Pantry Partners. Selected readings will be loosely themed around food.The first half of the reading will feature selected local published authors & poets! The second half of the reading will be opened to the public to read works of their choice based loosely on the theme of food. Interested readers, please plan for a five-minute segment only!Participants and spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to Frostburg Pantry Partners.Food items will be collected at Main Street Books and the Center for Creative Writing from now until November 25.For more information, contact Michelle Yost, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Creative Writing, at cwcenter@frostburg.edu, or call the Center at 301-687-4340. Needed foods:peanut butterjellypeas boxed potatoes pancake syruppancake mixsaltine crackersketchup mustardtunaspaghetti saucebagged ricebagged pinto beansstuffing mixcereal

REMINDER:

Tonight the Center for Creative Writing will host the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Reading and Food Drive at Main Street Books at 7:30. The reading will also serve as a food drive for the local Pantry Partners. Selected readings will be loosely themed around food.

The first half of the reading will feature selected local published authors & poets! The second half of the reading will be opened to the public to read works of their choice based loosely on the theme of food. Interested readers, please plan for a five-minute segment only!

Participants and spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to Frostburg Pantry Partners.

Food items will be collected at Main Street Books and the Center for Creative Writing from now until November 25.
For more information, contact Michelle Yost, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Creative Writing, at cwcenter@frostburg.edu, or call the Center at 301-687-4340. 

Needed foods:

peanut butter
jelly
peas 
boxed potatoes 
pancake syrup
pancake mix
saltine crackers
ketchup mustard
tuna
spaghetti sauce
bagged rice
bagged pinto beans
stuffing mix
cereal

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Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, worked with the campus Student Veterans Organization to raise funds to send CARE packages to soldiers serving abroad.  The bake sale raised over $200, which will be used to pay postage for collected donations.  On November 13, the Honors Society also co-sponsored a reading in honor of Veterans Day.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members read passages from literary works, histories, news stories, and letters by and about veterans.

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Tricia Currie-Knight, FSU Class of 2006, has been doing freelance editing work since 2008, working for two different publishers. Her work entails receiving details of a project, accepting or rejecting projects based on her her schedule, and editing for 30-35 hours a week. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois, Springfield, where she teaches composition.Tricia credits her time at FSU for helping improve her time management skills, an important skill for a freelancer, as well as how to take initiative on projects (a credit to her independent study course with Dr. Dolly). She also explains that the rules of grammar and style are concepts she applies to her manuscript editing today, while her focus in creative writing gave her a better appreciation for the written word and using elements of style to improve rhythm and readability. 

Most of all, FSU prepared me for my first job: working as an editorial assistant (and then an assistant editor) for Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. While there, I was able to network with my coworkers, which allowed me to start editing freelance for them when I left the company. This served as my entrance into the editing world. Without this experience, I would not be a successful freelance editor. I absolutely love my job. I make my own schedule, choose which projects I take on, and have control over how I spend my days.

Two months after leaving FSU, Tricia entered a Master’s program at Towson University, where she earned her degree in three years while working full-time. 

Tricia Currie-Knight, FSU Class of 2006, has been doing freelance editing work since 2008, working for two different publishers. Her work entails receiving details of a project, accepting or rejecting projects based on her her schedule, and editing for 30-35 hours a week. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois, Springfield, where she teaches composition.

Tricia credits her time at FSU for helping improve her time management skills, an important skill for a freelancer, as well as how to take initiative on projects (a credit to her independent study course with Dr. Dolly). She also explains that the rules of grammar and style are concepts she applies to her manuscript editing today, while her focus in creative writing gave her a better appreciation for the written word and using elements of style to improve rhythm and readability. 

Most of all, FSU prepared me for my first job: working as an editorial assistant (and then an assistant editor) for Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. While there, I was able to network with my coworkers, which allowed me to start editing freelance for them when I left the company. This served as my entrance into the editing world. Without this experience, I would not be a successful freelance editor. I absolutely love my job. I make my own schedule, choose which projects I take on, and have control over how I spend my days.

Two months after leaving FSU, Tricia entered a Master’s program at Towson University, where she earned her degree in three years while working full-time. 

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Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, hosted its annual Banned Books Reading on October 1, 2013. This event is held in conjunction with the American Library Association’s annual Banned Book Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read. During this event, student, faculty, and community members read from books deemed controversial enough to be banned or challenged—and had fun doing it.

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On November 25th, the Center for Creative Writing will host the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Reading and Food Drive at Main Street Books at 7:30. The reading will also serve as a food drive for the local Pantry Partners. Selected readings will be loosely themed around food.The first half of the reading will feature selected local published authors & poets! The second half of the reading will be opened to the public to read works of their choice based loosely on the theme of food. Interested readers, please plan for a five-minute segment only!Participants and spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to Frostburg Pantry Partners.Food items will be collected at Main Street Books and the Center for Creative Writing from now until November 25.For more information, contact Michelle Yost, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Creative Writing, at cwcenter@frostburg.edu, or call the Center at 301-687-4340. Needed foods:peanut butterjellypeas boxed potatoes pancake syruppancake mixsaltine crackersketchup mustardtunaspaghetti saucebagged ricebagged pinto beansstuffing mixcereal

On November 25th, the Center for Creative Writing will host the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Reading and Food Drive at Main Street Books at 7:30. The reading will also serve as a food drive for the local Pantry Partners. Selected readings will be loosely themed around food.

The first half of the reading will feature selected local published authors & poets! The second half of the reading will be opened to the public to read works of their choice based loosely on the theme of food. Interested readers, please plan for a five-minute segment only!

Participants and spectators are asked to bring non-perishable food items, which will be donated to Frostburg Pantry Partners.

Food items will be collected at Main Street Books and the Center for Creative Writing from now until November 25.
For more information, contact Michelle Yost, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Creative Writing, at cwcenter@frostburg.edu, or call the Center at 301-687-4340. 

Needed foods:

peanut butter
jelly
peas 
boxed potatoes 
pancake syrup
pancake mix
saltine crackers
ketchup mustard
tuna
spaghetti sauce
bagged rice
bagged pinto beans
stuffing mix
cereal

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