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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

Fantasy and Science Fiction 1980 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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.

Ink

Monday, April 5, 1982

INK 1982 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Jayne Cortez and Amiri Baraka 1983 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Robin Willoughby 1983 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Fielding Dawson 1984 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Ed Dorn and Lucia Berlin 1984 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Spoken Arts Radio March 1985 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Featuring: Mike Basinski, Sam Abrams, Marilyn Hacker, Anne Waldman, Jayne Cortez, and Cynthia Ball-Williams.

When: Saturdays at 6:00, WBFO FM88

WNY Writers-in-Residence Reading

Friday, March 21, 1986

Elizabeth Willis 1986 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Spoken Arts Radio May 1986 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Featuring: Gwendolyn Ashbaugh, Mike Boughn, Jack Clarke, Tama Janowitz, and Barry Yourgrau.

When: Sundays at 6:00, WBFO FM88

Other Readings By: Victor Cruz and Miguel Algarin

Spoken Arts Radio: October 1986

Friday, October 3, 1986

Spoken Arts Radio October 1986 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Featuring: Ansie Baird, Ann Haskell, Robert Bertholf, and Bruce Comens

When: Sundays at 6:00, WBFO FM88

Readings By: Susan Dix, Alan Bigelow, and Beth Baker Bowers

David Lunde & Alan Bigelow

Sunday, October 12, 1986

Alan Bigelow 1986 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Casselberry-Dupree Reggae Band 1987 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Featuring: Toshi Reagon and Annette Aguilar

When: October 3, 1987, 8:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Where: Little Harlem Hotel, 496 Michigan Ave

Journey

Thursday, December 17, 1987

Journey 1987 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Journey Band 1987 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Alexis DeVeaux

Wednesday, January 27, 1988

Alexis Deveaux 1988 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Brooks and Jazz 1988 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

An Evening of Free Speech 1988 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Sharon Holley and Karima Amin 1989 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Victor Hernandez Cruz 1989 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Eileen Myles 1989 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Rita Mae Brown 1989 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

Where: Rockwell Hall Auditorium

When: September 9, 1989 at 8:00 pm

An Afternoon with Peter Matthiessen

Sunday, October 15, 1989

Peter Matthiessen 1989 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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.

An Evening with Molly Peacock

Friday, November 17, 1989

Molly Peacock 1989 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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

Flying Words Project Residency: Peter Cook & Kenny Lerner

Monday, December 4, 1989

Flying Words Project 1989 - History - Just Buffalo Literary Center

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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