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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BABEL - 2021-2022 Season Announcement - Just Buffalo Literary Center

BABEL 2021–2022

Four of the world’s greatest writers, on stage at Kleinhans Music Hall. Just Buffalo Literary Center is excited to announce the return of a full four-event BABEL season in 2021-2022, once again creating a global literary conversation right here in Buffalo.

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2021 Silo City Reading Series

The multi-genre celebration of poetry, music and art returns to Marine A, the 130-foot abandoned grain silo on the bank of the Buffalo River.

Upcoming Writing Workshops

September 2021
Reading Park

End of Summer Open Mic

Join the JBWC for an End of Summer Open Mic at Buffalo's Reading Park at the downtown Central Library. Poems, stories, songs, plays, cheesy jokes: share your summer creations with your peers in the great, downtown Buffalo outdoors! ...
Thursday, September 23, 2021
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Reading Park
1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
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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.

  • Work with us! Just Buffalo Literary Center is currently accepting applications for contracted Program Assistants to help with readings, events, and creative writing workshops for youth, teachers, and adults. Read the full job description & responsibilities here. Applications are due Sept. 16, 2021, with notifications in early October. Questions? Email info@justbuffalo.org with “Program Assistant” in the subject line.

  • Hope Blooms From Shattered Roots is a digital collection of writings presented by Just Buffalo Writing Center in connection to The Civil Writes Project (2021), featuring work by young writers and artists living in WNY. Just as the journey towards justice must be a collective effort, this collection features collaborations between young artists and activists from a variety of organizations and projects around the city, and beyond. Editors: Richie Wills & Robin Jordan Book Designer: Mathieu Liu

  • We are so excited to announce the 2021 Just Buffalo Writing Center Youth Fellows: Millie Rodriguez-Spencer and Sophie Zhu! “These are two prolific writers with strong voices attuned to an informed listening and responsibility to community,” said final judge Christina Vega-Westhoff.

  • We are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2021 Poetry Fellowship: Porsha Olayiwola of Boston, MA. Olayiwola will visit Buffalo this August for a writing residency and perform at the Aug. 28 Silo City Reading Series event.

  • After a year of sheltering in place, LIT CITY is on the move. Just Buffalo Literary Center invites Western New Yorkers of all ages to tell us: What Moves You? Write a poem or piece of short prose that speaks to the power of words to move you. Just Buffalo Literary Center is partnering with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) to share our love of words with the wider community. Select pieces will be featured on sidewalks, bus shelters, subways, and maybe even a bus or two! Let’s cover this LIT CITY in words—your words. The call for submissions has now closed. Thank you to all who submitted!

  • Recently, Albright-Knox's Future Curators visited the Just Buffalo Writing Center and invited us to compose pieces in response to their newest exhibit, The Presence of Absence. Explore their virtual gallery (or see the exhibit in person at WNY Book Arts or Buffalo Academy of Arts & Technology) and use the following list of prompts the Curators provided to guide your writing.