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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Rachelle Toarmino

Rachelle Toarmino
Poet, Essayist, Editor

Just Buffalo teaching artist RACHELLE TOARMINO is a writer, editor, and educator from Niagara Falls, New York. She is the founding editor in chief of Peach Mag, and is the author of the poetry collection That Ex (Big Lucks Books, 6/9/2020) and the chapbooks Feel Royal (b l u s h, 2019) and Personal & Generic (PressBoardPress, 2016). Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Shabby Doll House, and other places online and in print, and has been anthologized in The Cosmonauts Avenue Anthology and My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry.

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That Ex

“What’s most remarkable about That Ex is just how much of a joy it is to read in sequence, as a chronicle of romantic interactions and reflections, divorced from any larger commentary. Toarmino is a compelling and charming speaker, mixing the confessional vitality of Sharon Olds with the infectious idiosyncrasy of Frank O’Hara”

Jon Lemay, Barrelhouse

Feel Royal

In Feel Royal, Rachelle Toarmino reconstructs the text found on clothing worn by celebrities in paparazzi photographs. Through a process that is both manipulation of and collaboration with the featured celebrities, the project explores the reflective and refractive qualities of internet-age fan culture as an outlet for obsession.

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Personal & Generic

Personal & Generic comprises photo reproductions of thirty micro-poems embroidered into needlepoint hoops of varying sizes, colors, textures, and shapes. The series began as a visual art project that was exhibited at Sugar City in Buffalo, New York in March of 2016.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Peach Mag Launch Reading

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Peach Mag
Where:

Sugar City
1239 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
Date: August 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Peach Mag Reading

Friday, October 14, 2016

Peach Mag
Where:

Dreamland
387 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
Date: October 14, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Peach Mag Presents: Grim, Amling, Katz, & Hall

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Where:
Sugar City
1239 Niagara Street
Buffalo, New York 14213
Date: April 2, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Peach s01e05: pearson, Gehrenger, Enderton, Nathanson, Haq, Thurston

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Peach s01e05: pearson, Gehrenger, Enderton, Nathanson, Haq, Thurston

Where: Pine Apple Company 224 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14201 Date: June 14, 2017 Time: 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

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Silo City Reading Series: Morgan Parker

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Peach Mag Season 1 Yearbook Launch Party

Friday, August 18, 2017


Featuring:

Alana Kelley
Caroline Rayner
Hannah Nathanson
Joe Hall
Kevin Thurston
Noah Falck
Pat Kewley
Robin Jordan

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Peach Mag + The Public: Blue Christmas Holiday Party

Friday, December 15, 2017
Peach Mag + The Public: Blue Christmas Holiday Party

Where: Free Agent 704 Main St Buffalo, NY 14202 Date: December 15, 2017 Time: 7:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.

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Poets Reading Poems

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Where:
Allen Street Hardware – BACKROOM
225 Allen Street
Buffalo, NY 14201
Date: April 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 p.m.

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Peach Mag Presents: Mortara, Maier, Williams, McKeon, Wiggins

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Peach Mag Presents: Mortara, Maier, Williams, McKeon, Wiggins

Where: Georgette 69 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14201 Date: April 14, 2018 Time: 7-10:00 p.m.

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Speak Easy: Release Party for Matthew Bookin’s “Honest Days”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Speak Easy: Release Party for Matthew Bookin’s “Honest Days”

Where: Buffalo Distilling Co. 860 Seneca St Buffalo, NY 14210 Date: June 20, 2018 Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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Peach Mag Presents: Season 2, Episode 4 feat. Chelsea Hodson

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: June 21, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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Peach Mag Presents: Season 2 Yearbook Launch Party

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Peach Mag Presents: Season 2 Yearbook Launch Party

Where: Resurgence Brewing Company 1250 Niagara St Buffalo, NY 14213 Date: August 25, 2018 Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.

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Peach s03e01 – Berggrun /Obscura /O’Neill /Bowen /De Nero /Ridout /Barry

Thursday, November 8, 2018
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Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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Wearable Poetry

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
embroidery poems by Rachelle Toarmino
Taught by: Rachelle Toarmino
Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Dates: December 4 & 6 | December 11 & 13, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

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Peach x Foundlings s03e02: Hidden Faces Reading + Masquerade

Saturday, December 29, 2018
Peach Mag x Foundlings s03e02

Where:
MIMO DECOR
1251 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, New York 14216
Date: November 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Medaille College Write Thing Reading Series: Rachelle Toarmino

Thursday, April 4, 2019


Where:
Medaille College
4th Floor, Main Building
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
Date: April 4, 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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Adult Workshop – Rachelle Toarmino: Wearable Poetry

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Write Here. Write Now.
Rachelle ToarminoWhere:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Price: Members $35 | General $45 (includes embroidery materials)

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Peach Mag + Triangle House present s04e01

Friday, October 4, 2019


Where:
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14202
Date: October 4, 2019
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m.

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Broken Essays

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Where:
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

When:
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 @ 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 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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Poems Out Loud

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Poems Out Loud Rachelle Toarmino

Where:
Online Workshop

When:
Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

To register –  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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That Ex Drive-In Book Launch

Friday, August 7, 2020

Rachelle Toarmino That Ex
Where:
Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve
4050 North Street
Blasdell, New York 14219
Dates: Friday, August 7, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Beginning at the End (Youth)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Beginning at the End
Where:
Online Workshop
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

TO REGISTER:
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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