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 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.


Youth Ambassadors at Dave Eggers BABEL

The JBWC Youth Ambassador Program

Apply Today! Deadline: January 15, 2022

The Just Buffalo Writing Center encourages young writers that are involved with the JBWC (ages 12–18) to apply to take part in our Youth Ambassador Program. Youth Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to play an integral role in the development and success of the JBWC’s programs and events.



Lit City

Lit City

Celebrating Buffalo’s Literary Legacy

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: On The Move

LIT CITY: On The Move is a public art collaboration between Just Buffalo Literary Center and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) that brings poems by local writers to bus shelters, rail stations, and buses throughout the city of Buffalo.



Lit City Voices

An Original Video Series

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



Susan Howe Delaware Park

LIT CITY Sidewalk Poems

We are celebrating the literary arts in Buffalo with poems under your feet. Look for spray-chalked poetry on sidewalks all over the city — we’re adding new poems every week during this time apart.



JB Words on the Street

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.




A Collaboration with Grassroots Gardens of WNY

READ | SEED | WRITE is one of the newest initiatives of Just Buffalo Literary Center 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.





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.



Resources for Local Writers

Just Buffalo Literary Center may not be a publisher or an agency. But we are excited to connect with you the invaluable local and national resources that can help support your writing life.