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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Benjamin Brindise

Spoken Word Poet, Fiction Writer

Just Buffalo teaching artist BENJAMIN BRINDISE is the author of the chapbook ROTTEN KID (Ghost City Press, 2017), the full length collection of poetry Those Who Favor Fire, Those Who Pray to Fire (EMP Books, 2018), and the short fiction micro chap The Procession (Ghost City Press, 2018). He has represented Buffalo, NY in the National Poetry Slam in 2015, 2016, and 2018, helping Buffalo to place as high as 9th in the country. His poetry and fiction has been published widely online and in print including Maudlin House, Trailer Park Quarterly, and Philosophical Idiot.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Page to Stage: Performance Poetry Taught by: Ben Brindise, slam poet Where: Just Buffalo Writing Center 468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor Buffalo, NY 14203 Dates: August 23 & 25, 2016 Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

“Introduction to Narrative and Sensory Poems” Taught by: Ben Brindise & Megan Kemple, poets Where: Just Buffalo Writing Center 468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor Buffalo, NY 14203 Date: November 29 & December 1, 2016 Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

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Foundlings Vol. 2 Release Party

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Where: Sterling Tap and Wurst 1487 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, New York 14216 Date: December 29, 2016 Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Justin Karcher’s Chapbook Release

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Where: The Alley Cat 199 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14201 Date: February 8, 2017 Time: 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

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Babble: Poets Storm Nietzsche’s

Monday, March 6, 2017

Where: Nietzsche’s 248 Allen Street Buffalo, NY Date: March 6, 2017 Time: 8:00 p.m.

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Ben Brindise’s Chapbook Release

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Where: The Gypsy Parlor 376 Grant Street Buffalo, New York 14213 Date: March 12, 2017 Time: 5:00 p.m.

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Flip the Script: Buffalo Actors Reading Buffalo Poets

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Where: Road Less Traveled Productions 500 Pearl Street Buffalo, New York 14202 Date: May 3, 2017 Time: 7:00 – 10:30 p.m.

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Save Our Hostel Soirée

Friday, May 19, 2017

Where: Hostel Buffalo-Niagara 667 Main Street Buffalo, New York 14203 Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 Time: 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5

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Writing Center Workshop

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Short Story Horror Workshop Taught by: Ben Brindise, fiction writer & spoken word poet Where: Just Buffalo Writing Center 468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor Buffalo, NY 14203 Dates: October 31 & November 2, 2017 Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

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Cornucopia: A Mini Poetry Festival

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Where: Lakeward Spirits Event Center 65 Vandalia Street Buffalo, NY Date: November 25, 2017 Time: 12:00–6:00 p.m.

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Second Stage Writers

Friday, January 12, 2018

Where: Grindhaus Cafe 160 Allen St Buffalo, NY 14201 Date: January 12, 2017 Time: 7:00-8:10 p.m.

The Write Thing Reading Series Presents poet Ben Brindise

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where: Medaille College 18 Agassiz Circle Buffalo, NY 14201 Date: February 22, 2018 Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

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“MY NEXT HEART” Showcase

Friday, March 2, 2018

Where: Gypsy Parlor 376 Grant Street Buffalo, NY 14213 Date: March 2, 2018 Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Wordflight Series at Red Doors: Brindise & Karcher

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Where: Parkside Lutheran Church 2 Wallace Ave. @ Depew Ave Buffalo, NY 14214 Date: April 12, 2018 Time: 7:30 p.m.

“Those Who Favor Fire, Those Who Pray to Fire” Official Book Launch

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Where: Resurgence Brewing Company 1250 Niagara St. Buffalo, NY 14213 Date: June 30, 2018 Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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On Dialogue in Fiction

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Taught by:Ben Brindise Where: Just Buffalo Writing Center 468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor Buffalo, NY 14203 Dates:October 2 & 4, 2018 Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

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Poets Storm Nietzsche’s

Monday, November 5, 2018

Where: Nietzsche’s 248 Allen St. Buffalo, NY 14203 Date: November 5, 2018 Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.

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No other workshops or events currently scheduled. Check back soon for more details.

By Benjamin Brindise

Rotten Kid by Ben Brindise

Rotten Kid

“There was a kid sitting in the back row of every homeroom you were ever in. Maybe they didn’t talk much, always had their face in a book, never raised their hand, didn’t go to the school dance. They’re the kid with the bad acne, the scar on their chin, the story they never told stuck firmly on their tongues. Every once in a while one of those kids opens their mouths. When they do we get the thoughts of those we never really thought about.”

Benjamin Brindise

I Was A Lid

“We all have fond memories of better times and have met people we wish we hadn’t. In the course of a life these moments form a patchwork of light and shadows. For Elizabeth, who’s just found her husband dead in the bathtub, one of these shadowy patches is beginning to brighten and something is coming to remind her that no matter how tightly you lock a lid over a secret… it can always come loose.”

Free Tutoring & Workshops

Just Buffalo's Writing Center is dedicated to helping young and emerging writers ages 12–19 cultivate their writing skills.

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