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

  • Just Buffalo’s Communications Coordinator will work with program staff and contracted professionals to strategically and effectively plan and execute the organization’s audience-facing communications—web copy, e-newsletters, social media posts, press releases and media advisories, advertising, outreach letters, and communication campaigns—to meet organizational goals and reach our diverse audiences with a warm, consistent tone....

  • On November 11, 2022 the BABEL season continued at Kleinhans Music Hall with the brilliant author & journalist Omar El Akkad. Thank you to everyone who came out and made the evening so special. Big thank you to El Akkad who left us in awe over the powerful and unsettling stories he shared of the human experience. Photographs by Pat Cray and Nancy J. Parisi...

  • Omar El Akkad is an Egyptian-born author and journalist. He has reported on current events in places all over the world, including Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. This Thursday, November 10th, he will be participating in the BABEL author series at Kleinhans Music Hall. His featured book, What Strange Paradise, tells the story of 9-year-old Amir, an immigrant boy who washed up on a small island after the overcrowded ship he left home on tragically sank. Through his novel, El Akkad depicts the unfortunate harshness of the immigrant process, and the world at large, through the eyes of a child. Below is a list of local organizations that strive to make the immigrant experience in WNY a little easier....

Silo City Reading Series Ten Years of Poems in Grain Silos

TEN YEARS OF POEMS IN GRAIN SILOS (AN ANTHOLOGY)

The Silo City Reading Series began as a book release party and grew into a multidisciplinary summer art event featuring national and local artists performing poetry and music inside the Marine A grain silo.

This limited-edition anthology, designed by Joel Brenden, features a poem from each poet who has read in those historic grain silos over the past ten years, including such literary luminaries as Ocean Vuong, Maggie Smith, Jericho Brown, Morgan Parker, Hanif Abdurraqib, Vievee Francis, and a slew of others.

LIT CITY: On The Move

LIT CITY: On The Move is a public art collaboration between Just Buffalo Literary Center and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) that brings poems by local writers to bus shelters, rail stations, and buses throughout the city of Buffalo.

Reading Park - Downtown Buffalo Public Library - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Dream Delivery Service 2022:
Reading Park

During May and June 2022, visiting poet Mathias Svalina ran his DREAM DELIVERY SERVICE throughout Buffalo, New York. Each morning, Svalina rose early to bicycle around Buffalo, delivering unique dream poems to subscribers. In addition to delivering dreams, Svalina took up a weekly residency in Buffalo’s Reading Park at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library in downtown Buffalo, during which the public was invited to invent and write dreams with Svalina for the Reading Park’s landscape.

A selection of those dreams have now become a part of an interactive literary installation.

Upcoming Workshops & Literary Events

January 2023
JBWC Winter 2023

Open Hours

Come be a part of our community of writers & artists at Open Hours! Write, read, share your creations, or receive feedback and support in a cozy & welcoming space. Whether you want to curl up with a book from our new lending library or try your hand at one of our featured writing prompts—JBWC Open Hours are here for you. ...
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
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February 2023
Angel Barber Astrology & Writing at the JBWC

Astrology & Writing Workshops

Teaching artist Angel Barber will be taking a comprehensive look at the 12 signs, planets, and houses, and how these three energies interact with each other to make a unique human birth chart; concluding with a writing exercise that focuses on how spiritual self knowledge can further enrich a creative and their writing. ...
Thursday, February 2, 2023
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Just Buffalo Literary Center
JBWC Winter 2023

Open Hours

Come be a part of our community of writers & artists at Open Hours! Write, read, share your creations, or receive feedback and support in a cozy & welcoming space. Whether you want to curl up with a book from our new lending library or try your hand at one of our featured writing prompts—JBWC Open Hours are here for you. ...
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Just Buffalo Literary Center
Open Mic at the JBWC

Open Mic (in-person)

Just Buffalo Writing Center invites all young writers & artists (ages 12-18) to join us for the JBWC Open Mic! Held every other month, this open mic is especially for wordy creators: poets/spoken word artists, storytellers, playwrights, comic artists, orators, and songwriters. (That said, all artforms are welcome.) Come to perform or to simply be inspired by your talented peers. ...
Thursday, February 9, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Just Buffalo Literary Center
JBWC Winter 2023

Open Hours

Come be a part of our community of writers & artists at Open Hours! Write, read, share your creations, or receive feedback and support in a cozy & welcoming space. Whether you want to curl up with a book from our new lending library or try your hand at one of our featured writing prompts—JBWC Open Hours are here for you. ...
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203
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