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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Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Board of Directors announced today a planned leadership transition which will take place as of July 1st, 2023. Current Executive Director Laurie Dean Torrell will retire after 20 years of service, with Artistic & Associate Executive Director Barbara Cole assuming the role of Executive Director in addition to her duties as Artistic Director—ushering in a new era of community-building work.

I am moved, and a bit amused, that Just Buffalo would invite me to look back on a reading I did three decades ago, sharing an afternoon monologue marathon in June of 1989 at Ujima Theatre’s then-current space on Elmwood with Eileen Myles, the late, great Manny Fried, Tammy Ryan, Susan Hodge Anner, and Francine Witte.