BABEL 2017-2018 Season - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY

BABEL: Just Buffalo Hosts World-Famous Authors

Just Buffalo Literary Center’s acclaimed series brings four of the world’s most important authors to Buffalo each year, engaging local audiences, attracting guests from across the country and Canada, and creating a global literary conversation right here at home.

The Civil Writes Project

THE CIVIL WRITES PROJECT dares to confront the history of segregation through a series of interconnected programs emphasizing inspiring positive change through writing. During Fall, 2017 events took place throughout Erie County and the first phase of this dynamic project culminated in Toni Morrison’s sold out appearance at Just Buffalo Literary Center’s BABEL series on November 9, 2017—exactly 50 years to the day of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic speech at Kleinhans Music Hall.


Order a poem on a topic of your choosing and support Buffalo’s next generation of literary voices. All poems are written by students of the Just Buffalo Writing Center.


The Just Buffalo Writing Center

Dedicated to the empowerment of emerging writers ages 12–19, the Just Buffalo Writing Center (JBWC) provides access to youth writing workshops, literary events, and free one-on-one tutoring, plus a host of in-school creative writing programs—all guided by our talented team of writers, artists and educators.

Youth Writing Workshops

The Writing Center offers free after-school and summer youth writing workshops, ranging from playful to practical, and all taught by our talented teaching artists. All workshops are free and aimed at young writers aged 12–18.

WORDPLAY Student Anthology

Each year, Just Buffalo publishes WORDPLAY, our annual student anthology featuring the most outstanding examples of youth writing from our creative writing programs.

In-School Programs

Since 1982, Just Buffalo has led the way for literary arts education in Western New York, bringing professional writers into Buffalo Public Schools and other communities through creative writing programs that reach 2,500 students per year.

40 Years of Just Buffalo History

Since 1975, Just Buffalo has brought some of the world’s greatest literary talent—authors, poets, playwrights, and more—right here to Western New York. Check out some of the highlights from each decade.

The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s
The 2000s
The 2010s

Support Just Buffalo

Make an Online Donation

From the BABEL series to the Writing Center, everything that we do depends on your help. Show your support for Just Buffalo and the literary arts today.

Become a Member

Join Just Buffalo Literary Center today and save on select events, participate in members-only groups and contests, and get a 10% discount at Talking Leaves Books.


Want to give the gift of your time? Just Buffalo reviews volunteer applications on a rolling basis, with interviews in August and December for the following season.