The Staff of Just Buffalo

Laurie Dean Torrell

Executive Director
T: (716) 861-9985

Barbara Cole - Artistic Director - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Barbara Cole

Artistic Director
T: (716) 861-9973

Noah Falck - Education Director - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Noah Falck

Education Director
T: (716) 861-9965

Kris Pope - Finance & Development Director - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Kristen Pope

Finance & Development Director
T: (716) 861-9195

Robin Jordan - Staff - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Robin Jordan

Writing Center Coordinator
T: (716) 861-9190

Lynda Kaszubski - Executive Assitant - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Lynda Kaszubski

Executive Assistant
T: (716) 832-5400

Kevin Thurston

Kevin Thurston

Pubic Relations & Marketing Assistant
T: (516) 582-7745

Coordinators & Curators

Gary Earl Ross

Writer’s Critique Group

Robin Lee Jordon

Spotlight on Youth Coordinator

Jennifer Campbell

Center for Inquiry Literary Café

Ryki Zuckerman

Gray Hair Series & WORDFLIGHT


Debora Ott

When Just Buffalo Literary Center’s founder, Debora Ott, first heard Robert Creeley’s poem “Love Comes Quietly” as a teenager in New York City, it inspired her to come to the University at Buffalo to study with the poet himself. UB’s English Department was legendary, attracting incredible poets and writers to both its faculty and its student body. Born in 1975 out of that intense period of innovation in the literary arts, Just Buffalo created a new niche, inviting writers out of academia and into the heart of the community.

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40 Years of Just Buffalo History

Browse through highlights of noteworthy literary events that Just Buffalo has brought to Western New York, featuring some of the world’s greatest literary talent.

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Meet the Staff

Learn about the individuals whose passion, dedication and commitment make this organization strong.

Meet the Staff

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Buffalo Hosts World-Famous Authors

Just Buffalo has been bringing the world's greatest authors to Western New York since 2007. Find out what you've been missing.

BABEL 2017–2018

Board of Directors

Just Buffalo’s work would not be possible without the dedication of our committed volunteer board.

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Newsletters & Annual Reports

Take a look at our archive of newsletters and annual reports.

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The Just Buffalo Writing Center
Free Tutoring & Workshops

Just Buffalo's Writing Center is dedicated to helping young and emerging writers ages 12–19 cultivate their writing skills.

Upcoming Workshops