Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and care for our community, Just Buffalo Literary Center has postponed a number of events, and we will follow the guidance of Buffalo Public Schools in terms of Just Buffalo Writing Center programming.

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The Latest JB News

Heavy - Book Cover - Kiese Laymon - BABEL - Just Buffalo Literary Center

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • The New York TimesPublishers Weekly • NPR • Broadly • Buzzfeed (Nonfiction) • The Undefeated • Library Journal (Biography/Memoirs) • The Washington Post (Nonfiction) • Southern Living (Southern) • Entertainment WeeklyThe New York Times Critics

In this powerful, provocative, and universally lauded memoir—winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and finalist for the Kirkus Prize—genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon “provocatively meditates on his trauma growing up as a black man, and in turn crafts an essential polemic against American moral rot” (Entertainment Weekly).


For more than 30 years, Just Buffalo Literary Center has sent poets, writers, and performers into the schools to excite students and teachers in the practice and exploration of writing. We create the space and flexibility so students can develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to explore their own creativity and become more insightful thinkers.

Writer Residency


Professional writers join students in the classroom for custom-designed, theme-based writer residencies, complementing and supporting the school curriculum.



Foster a love of the written word from the inside out by learning how to make a book, from book binding to printing techniques.

Field Trip to the Just Buffalo Writing Center

Field Trips // Professional Development

Just Buffalo also welcomes schools, educators, organizations, and groups to visit our Writing Center for a custom-designed creative writing experience.

BABEL 2023-2024 Season - Just Buffalo Literary Center

BABEL Individual Event Tickets on Sale Now!

Join Just Buffalo Literary Center for world-famous authors at Kleinhans Music Hall— John Irving (March 21, 2024) and Kiese Laymon (April 25, 2024).

UB Poetics + Just Buffalo present Brenda Iijima, Janice Lee, & Robin Lee Jordan // graphic by Zach Pape
artwork by Zach Pape

Join us on Tuesday, April 2nd for an evening of readings from poets & writers Brenda Iijima, Janice Lee, & Robin Lee Jordan. Free and open to the public.

Poetry Fellowship Deadline February 29, 2024 Judge Megan Fernandes

Just Buffalo Literary Center invites adult poets of all ages and stages of their career to apply for its Poetry Fellowship.

Give yourself the space to write and the time to focus.
Live in one of the nation’s most vibrant literary cities.
Read at the Silo City Reading Series.

Applications for the 2024 Poetry Fellowship are open until February 29, 2024.

Upcoming Workshops & Literary Events

April 2024
JBWC Drop-In Hours - Youth Writing Workshop - Winter Spring 2024 - Just Buffalo Literary Center

JBWC Drop-In Hours

At Drop-in Hours, you’ll find writing support, prompts, typewriters, reading recommendations, access to our unique library, publication opportunities, and good snacks.
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
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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.