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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Community Projects

Just Buffalo Literary Center is proud to collaborate with other local organizations on a number of community projects that help promote and achieve our mission—to create and strengthen communities through the literary arts.


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The Civil Writes Project

THE CIVIL WRITES PROJECT dares to confront the history of segregation through a series of interconnected programs leading up to Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison’s BABEL appearance on November 9, 2017—exactly 50 years to the day of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic speech at Kleinhans Music Hall.



Lit City

Lit City

For more than a century, Western New York has been home to some of the most significant and innovative writers. LIT CITY is a public art initiative which highlights Buffalo’s renowned literary legacy.



Lit City Voices

Just Buffalo Literary Center proudly presents LIT CITY VOICES—a video poem series showcasing the voices and landscapes of Buffalo.



Poetry Fellowship

Just Buffalo Literary Center invites adult poets of all ages and stages of their career to apply for its 2020 Poetry Fellowship. Give yourself the space to write and the time to focus. Live in one of the nation’s most vibrant literary cities. Read at the acclaimed SILO CITY READING SERIES.




READ | SEED | WRITE is one of the newest initiatives of Just Buffalo Literary Center (in collaboration with Grassroots Gardens of WNY) to make the literary arts more visible, inspiring gardeners and passersby through the written word, while also raising awareness about the importance of sustainable gardening and the need for urban access to healthy food.



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Words on the Street

WORDS ON THE STREET is designed to engage the whole community in the celebration of the written and spoken word, with outdoor public readings, workshops, and events occurring all along the literary corridor on Washington Street to inspire people of all ages and all walks-of-life.





LitTAP is a statewide initiative managed by Just Buffalo which provides nonprofit literary arts organizations with access to annual convenings, mentoring, advancement regrants, and other resources needed to self-sustain and thrive. It is one more way that Just Buffalo pursues its mission from a global perspective, connecting from its home base in Buffalo to the rest of the state, the country and the world, through programs that support writers and advance the literary arts field as a whole.