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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Joe Hall

Joe Hall - Poet - Just Buffalo Literary Center

JOE HALL is an educator and the author of five collections of poems: Pigafetta Is My Wife, The Devotional Poems, and Utopia (Black Ocean). With Chad Hardy, he wrote the book The Container Store Vols. I & II (SpringGun Press). With Cheryl Quimba, he wrote the chapbook May I Softly Walk. His next book, Fugue & Strike, is forthcoming in 2022. He participates in Hostile Books, a publishing collective dedicated to radical materiality, with Ryan Kaveh Sheldon and Angela Veronica Wong, He lives in Buffalo, NY.

Someone's Utopia by Joe Hall

Someone’s Utopia

“Someone’s Utopia is about work and the mystery of making. The book’s spectral labor is a séance. Readers may hear echoes of Alice Notley and Lorine Niedecker, punctuated by the table-rapping of the invisible hand of capitalism, as they witness the (un)making of the familiar world.”

—Emily Anderson

The Devotional Poems by Joe Hall

The Devotional Poems

“There is something seductively destructive about these poems; with their hell-for-leather pacing, variable line-lengths, and on-again-off-again punctuation, they simultaneously chew up words like clouds of horseflies while also positing language as a dark, feral sludge as impenetrable as it is parasitic . . . and while there’s little stillness to be found in the pages of The Devotional Poems, the work in toto is of such force and authority it compels the most important sort of stillness in the would-be believer: Awe.”
—The Huffington Post

Pigafetta Is My Wife by Joe Hall

Pigafetta Is My Wife

“Almost impossibly grand in scope, Pigafetta Is My Wife is a rare achievement and quite a debut. Hall’s poetry crosses contemporary love and ancient epic, folding inward and out by motion derivative of the sestina and pantoum, so that whether via image or address, beautiful shards fall: ‘A chrysanthemum blossom sails across a bowl of milk.’ Emotion accretes in accordance with ambition. A treatise on the action of discovery, this is a book to be taken in whole.”
—Sally Keith

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Silo City Reading Series: Joe Hall

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Silo City Reading Series: Judith Goldman & Joshua Ware

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Adult Writing Workshop

Thursday, August 18, 2016

“Science Fiction’s Infinite Futures”

Taught by: Joe Hall, poet
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: August 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

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“MY NEXT HEART” Launch Party

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Next Heart New Buffalo Poetry

My Next Heart New Buffalo Poetry

Mohawk Place
43 E. Mohawk Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: December 13, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.

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READINGS AT THE RIC featuring Hall + Quimba

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Readings at the Ric Joe Hall Cheryl Quimba-min
Research and Information Commons
Daemen College
4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY
Dates: November 20, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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

Books by Joe Hall