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Kiese Laymon's Heavy - Youth Writing Workshop - April 18 2024 - Just Buffalo Writing Center

Kiese Laymon’s Heavy  with Nina & Abuk

JBWC Coordinator Nina Vega-Westhoff and Youth Ambassador Abuk lead a youth writing workshop inspired by Kiese Laymon’s Heavy: An American Memoir in anticipation of the award-winning author’s upcoming BABEL visit.

If you attend in person, JBWC doors open at 3:30pm. Feel free to drop in early to relax with a book, work on your writing, try a prompt, or catch up with your creative peers!

  • Youth Writing Workshops at the JBWC are FREE and aimed at young students aged 12–18.
  • This workshop is hybrid—you can attend in-person or from home!
  • ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: If you have any questions/issues accessing any of these opportunities, please let us know and we will work with you to make sure you can participate.


Thursday, April 18, 2024


Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm




Just Buffalo Writing Center
Just Buffalo Writing Center
468 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203


Just Buffalo Literary Center
Just Buffalo Literary Center
(716) 832-5400

Featured Artists

  • Christina (Nina) Vega-Westhoff
    Christina (Nina) Vega-Westhoff
    Poet, Translator

    CHRISTINA VEGA-WESTHOFF is a poet, translator, aerialist, and teaching artist. She is the author of Suelo Tide Cement, which won the 2017 Nightboat Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Experimental Writing, Emergency Index, Jacket2, and Words Without Borders. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona and a BA in English and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She choreographs and performs interdisciplinary works independently and for festivals and theatre, dance, and circus companies.

  • Abuk
    Poet, Youth Ambassador

    Abuk is a poet and Youth Ambassador with Just Buffalo Writing Center.

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