Had fun in Frostburg this weekend for the 2011 Western Maryland Small and Regional Press Festival. The fun folks I got to hang with are in the photos: my co-editor for Many Genres, Heidi Ruby Miller and I sat on a panel with Courtney Ruffner (editor, Florida English) on “Publishing Basics”; authors Jason Jack Miller, Jessica McHugh and Post Mortem Press editor Eric Beebe and I all sat on a panel about science fiction, fantasy and horror; and two of my publishers were on hand — Jennifer Barnes and John Edward Lawson from Raw Dog Screaming Press, and Cynthia McCloud from Headline Books. I even got to catch up with old friends like Andy Duncan, Courtney Ruffner and Jeff Grieneisen — and to meet some great publishers like Richard Peabody of Paycock Press and Bill Olver of Big Pulp magazine.
Frostburg is one of the few places I’ve ever seen in my life that has a “Center for Creative Writing” as a featured downtown location. It’s that cool. And so is the director, poet Gerry LaFemina. For more information see http://www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter.