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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Julio Montalvo Valentín

Julio Montalvo Valentin

Julio Montalvo Valentin (they/his) is the author of three chapbooks, the latest being Those Who Pray to Rice (NightBallet Press, 2019), and is a member of Los Artistas del Barrio Buffalo (LADB). Julio was a guest editor for Mutata Re, Portrait, Coffin Bell Journal, Variety Pack, and co-founder of the late Cringe-Worthy Poets Collective. Their work has been published in Thimble Literary Magazine, Cavity, Bangor Literary Journal, and Aisthesis: The Interdisciplinary Honors Journal, and more. Their work has been anthologized in Boricua en la Luna: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Voices, A Flash of Dark, Mansion, My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry, and the Silkworm Anthology Volume 13. While pausing on their next project for the season, a poetry caravan, you can find them working to finish their Master’s degree in English Literature.

Those Who Pray to Rice 

Those Who Pray to Rice contains nineteen beautifully written poems about Puerto Rico and what it means to be Puerto Rican-American, expanding on themes of family, food, and the experiences of hurricanes, poverty, and survival. He deftly weaves Spanish words and phrases throughout his poetry, musically and naturally, to give the reader a true sense of his cultural identity.

Julio Valentin Those Who Pray to Rice

Upcoming Workshops

Palimpsest Poetry

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

palimpsest poetry

Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

No registration required. This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18.

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Teachers Are Writers: Writing Without The Curriculum

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Where: Online Workshop
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m

Email Education Director Noah Falck at nfalck@justbuffalo.org.
This workshop is FREE, aimed at educators, and limited to 8 participants.

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Rebus Poetry (Youth)

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Online Workshop
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Email Writing Center Coordinator Robin Jordan at rjordan@justbuffalo.org.
This workshop is FREE, aimed at young students aged 12–18, and limited to 8 participants.

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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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