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Our History: The 1980s

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Here are some Just Buffalo history highlights from the 1980s. Scroll down to move forward along the timeline.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Friday, December 5, 1980

Where: Artists Gallery 30 Essex Street Buffalo, NY 14213 Opening reception with readings by Harlan Ellison and Tom Disch Date: December 5, 1980 Time: 2:00 p.m. A panel discussion led by Dr. Leslie Fiedler, with Tom Disch and Harlan Ellison Date: December 6, 1980 Time: 2:00 p.m. Costume ball with music and refreshments Date: December 6, 1980 Time: 9:00 p.m.

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Monday, April 5, 1982

A Just Buffalo publication featuring new works by contemporary authors, including Tom Raworth, Alice Notley, Michael McClure, Simon Pettet, Tom Pickard, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Steve McCaffery, bp Nichol, Robert Creeley, Peter Culley and many more

Jayne Cortez & Amiri Baraka

Monday, May 16, 1983

Featuring: Jayne Cortez (with the rhythm section from Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time) and Amiri Baraka (with David Murray, saxophone and Steve McCall, drums) Where: Tralfamadore Cafe 100 Theatre Place Buffalo, NY Date: December 5, 1980 Time: 8:30 p.m.

Robin Willoughby & Bill Sylvester

Sunday, December 4, 1983

A Reading (Pictured: Robin Willoughby) Where: Nietzsche’s 248 Allen Street Buffalo, NY Date: December 4, 1983 Time: 7:00 p.m.

Fielding Dawson: How to Write a Novel

Tuesday, March 20, 1984

A Just Buffalo Writing Workshop Where: Allentown Community Center 111 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY Date: March 20 & 22, 1984 Time: 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Across State Lines

Friday, May 25, 1984

Featuring: Ed Dorn and Lucia Berlin Where: Allentown Community Center 111 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY Reading Date: May 25, 1984 Time: 8:30 p.m. Talk Date: May 26, 1984 Time: 12:00 p.m.

Spoken Arts Radio: March 1985

Saturday, March 2, 1985

Featuring: Mike Basinski | Sam Abrams | Marilyn Hacker | Anne Waldman | Jayne Cortez | Cynthia Ball-Williams When: Saturdays at 6:00, WBFO FM88

WNY Writers-in-Residence Reading

Friday, March 21, 1986

Featuring: Ed Baxter III | R.D. Pohl | Jack Shifflett | Elizabeth Willis Where: Allentown Community Center 111 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY Date: March 21, 1986 Time: 8:30 p.m.

Spoken Arts Radio: May 1986

Thursday, May 1, 1986

Featuring: Gwendolyn Ashbaugh | Mike Boughn | Jack Clarke | Tama Janowitz | Barry Yourgrau When: Sundays at 6:00, WBFO FM88 Other Readings By: Victor Cruz | Miguel Algarin

Spoken Arts Radio: October 1986

Friday, October 3, 1986

Featuring: Ansie Baird | Ann Haskell | Robert Bertholf | Bruce Comens When: Sundays at 6:00, WBFO FM88 Readings By: Susan Dix | Alan Bigelow | Beth Baker Bowers

David Lunde & Alan Bigelow

Sunday, October 12, 1986

A Reading (Pictured: Alan Bigelow) Where: Nietzsche’s 248 Allen Street Buffalo, NY Date: October 12, 1986 Time: 4:00 p.m.

Casselberry-Dupreé: All Women’s Reggae Band

Saturday, October 3, 1987

Featuring: Toshi Reagon and Annette Aguilar When: October 3, 1987, 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. Where:  Little Harlem Hotel, 496 Michigan Ave


Thursday, December 17, 1987

A Poetic and Musical excursion which traces the development of contemporary Black American music, from its roots in traditional African rhythms. When: December 17, 1987, 7:00 p.m. Where: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Auditorium

‘Journey’ Band

Thursday, December 17, 1987

Left to Right: Douglas Gaston, Gregory Millar, Tony Gloster, Rodney Appleby, Skip Williams (front)

Alexis DeVeaux

Wednesday, January 27, 1988

A Reading to Commemorate the Birth and Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Where: Erie Community College City Campus Auditorium Main Street & Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY Date: January 27, 1988 Time: 8:00 p.m.

Brooks and Jazz

Saturday, February 6, 1988

A Tribute for African History Month Where: Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College Date: February 6, 1988 A Concert Featuring Greg Millar, Joanne Lorenzo, Rodney Appleby and Hari Pender Time: 7:00 p.m. A Poetry Reading Featuring Gwendolyn Brooks Time: 8:00 p.m.

An Evening of Free Speech: Poetry and Prose

Saturday, April 23, 1988

A Reading to Benefit the Margaret Randall Defense Fund Featuring: Robert Creeley, Diane DiPrima, Margaret Randall, Jimmie Canfield and Michele Wallace Where: Allentown Community Center 111 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY Date: April 23, 1988 Time: 8:00 p.m.

Sharon Holley & Karima Amin

Saturday, February 11, 1989

Along This Way: Storytelling in the African Tradition Where: Downtown Library Auditorium Buffalo, NY Date: February 11, 1989 Time: 2:00 p.m.

An Evening with Victor Hernandez Cruz

Friday, June 2, 1989

Where: The Senior’s Center in the Hispanics United of Buffalo Date: June 2, 1989 Time: 8:00 p.m.

In/Form: Monologue Marathon

Sunday, June 11, 1989

Featuring: Ron Ehmke | Tammy Ryan | Manny Fried | Susan Hodge Anner | Francine Witte | Eileen Myles Where: TheatreLoft Buffalo, NY Date: June 11, 1989 Time: 1:30 p.m.

An Evening with Rita Mae Brown

Saturday, September 9, 1989

Where: Rockwell Hall Auditorium When: September 9, 1989 at 8:00 pm

An Afternoon with Peter Matthiessen

Sunday, October 15, 1989

Novelist, naturalist, journalist and explorer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014) travelled the world, writing about its remote corners, its vanishing cultures and the destruction by man of its fragile environment. Where: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Date: October 15, 1989 Time: 4:00 p.m.

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An Evening with Molly Peacock

Friday, November 17, 1989

Of poet Molly Peacock’s work, Robert Creeley says, “She has a genius for saying the most necessary things in the quietest way – so that intensive dilemmas of feeling and person become a common fact for all who care to listen.” Where: Church of the Ascension When: November 17, 1989 at 8:00 pm

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Flying Words Project Residency: Peter Cook & Kenny Lerner

Monday, December 4, 1989

Where: St. Mary’s School for the Deaf When: December 4-7, 1989 “Deaf poet Peter Cook and voice Kenny Lerner are becoming recognized as pioneers in the relatively new art form of deaf poetry. They will be in residence for four days at St. Mary’s to work with young students, many of whom may believe that poetry is only for the hearing. Through the use of American Sign Language, body language, mime and performance techniques, these two artists will encourage the students to find expression in poetic form.”  

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