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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Announcing the 2021 Civil Writes Project Support Recipients

We are thrilled to announce the nine artists, organizations, and community groups receiving a total of $15,000 to support events aligned with this year’s Civil Writes Project, celebrating Black writers and seeking pathways toward justice through the literary arts.

The recipients are:

The 2021 Civil Writes Project centers on Just Buffalo’s virtual BABEL with bestselling author Ta-Nehisi Coates on April 22, 2021.

Other upcoming Civil Writes Project programming includes a virtual tour on April 10 and a writing workshop on April 17 in collaboration with the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center; a virtual comic book discussion with the Wakanda Alliance on April 10; a sidewalk chalk installation by artist LaShonda Davis; and Water in the Desert, a collaborative youth project with Ujima Company and Squeaky Wheel. In addition, hundreds of copies of The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s bestselling novel, are being distributed throughout the community.

Just Buffalo’s Civil Writes Project began in 2017 with a series of interconnected literary arts programs culminating in Toni Morrison’s appearance at the organization’s BABEL series, fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic speech on the same stage at Kleinhans Music Hall.

Civil Writes Project programming is ongoing through June. Click here to learn more, see the full calendar of upcoming Civil Writes Project events and get involved.