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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About Just Buffalo

Just Buffalo Literary Center’s mission is to create and strengthen communities through the literary arts. And for more than 45 years, we have brought the world’s greatest writers to Buffalo, hosted poetry events and readings, and supported the development of young writers.

We believe in the love of reading, the art of writing, and the power of the literary arts to transform individual lives and communities.

Just Buffalo Literary Center has accomplished so much for the local reading and writing community, including:

  • Brought the world’s greatest writers to Buffalo, most recently with our acclaimed BABEL series
  • Supported the development of young writers through the Just Buffalo Writing Center
  • Fostered a vibrant cultural scene, becoming an important regional asset and one of the nation’s top literary centers



Robert Creeley - Photo by Gloria Graham, 2004

Robert Creeley, 2004 (Photo by Gloria Graham)

You could say that Just Buffalo began with a poem….

“Love Comes Quietly”

by Robert Creeley

Love comes quietly,
finally, drops
about me, on me,
in the old ways.

What did I know
thinking myself
able to go
alone all the way.



When Just Buffalo Literary Center’s founder, Debora Ott, first heard this poem as a teenager in New York City, it inspired her to come to the University at Buffalo to study with its author, Robert Creeley. 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.


Black Lives Matter - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Black Lives Matter

Just Buffalo Literary Center affirms our commitment to anti-racism in our mission of strengthening communities through literature, and we affirm our ongoing support of the fight for the safety and well-being of Black lives everywhere.

We join our community in demanding justice for the lives lost to murder by police—including our home city of Buffalo. We also recognize that racial violence is not limited to police brutality; but rather, the entire structure of this country has been built on systems of institutionalized racism which affect every aspect of life.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At Just Buffalo Literary Center, we believe that reading and writing are transformative acts.

In a city that remains one of the most segregated in our nation with above average rates of racial discrimination and systemic poverty, Just Buffalo recognizes that power and decision-making control have been significantly less available to people of color, immigrants and refugees, young adults, those who are LGBTQIA+, those with language barriers, people with disabilities, and the economically disadvantaged.

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