Laurie Dean Torrell

Executive Director

LAURIE DEAN TORRELL has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit organizations. Under her leadership for the past 12 years, Just Buffalo has pioneered strategic collaboration; developed and implemented strategic, marketing and development plans; retained top talent at the staff and board levels; and secured grants and donations to double the budget and bring expanded literary programming to the community including BABEL. In conjunction with Just Buffalo’s 40th Anniversary, Torrell is spearheading JB40—a campaign to fully establish the new Just Buffalo Writing Center, expand visibility and participation, and ensure Just Buffalo’s work and mission remain vital for years to come.

Books That Changed My Life

“The books closest to my heart are journals, diaries and logs kept by creative women: Daybook by Anne Truitt; Hundreds and Thousands by Emily Carr; When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams. Also essential have been The Life of Poetry by Muriel Rukeyser and Crime Against Nature by Minnie Bruce Pratt which helped me know I could survive leaving a marriage to come out as gay while the mother of still-young children.”

Proudest Personal Accomplishment

“Using my training as an EMT to save a life.”

Upcoming Events

BABEL: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Friday, March 23, 2018

Viet Thanh Nguyen - BABEL - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY

Where:
Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Patron VIP Reception: 7:00 p.m. (more…)

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BABEL: Junot Díaz

Friday, April 20, 2018

Junot Diaz - BABEL - Just Buffalo Literary Center - Buffalo, NY

Where:
Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: Friday, April 20, 2018
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Patron VIP Reception: 7:00 p.m. (more…)

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40 Years of Just Buffalo History

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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

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

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