Started in the summer of 2013, the Silo City Reading Series has brought visiting poets to perform alongside local poets, musicians, and artists inside the historic grains silos along the Buffalo River.
Take a look at the complete silo series archive below.
Bean Friend (2017)
Difficult Night (2016)
Folk Faces (2014)
Jax Deluca (2014)
Julie Bryne (2015)
Pine Fever (2013)
Nat Baldwin of The Dirty Projectors (2014)
Small Houses (2015)
Space Cubs (2016)
Tim Rutili of califone (2018)
Winter Coats (2013)
Wooden Cities (2014)
Zoe Scruggs (2017)
Thomas Bittner (photography)
Zack Boehler (installation)
Joel Brenden (installation)
Kyle Butler & Jason Seeley (installation)
Mary Helena Clark (film)
Max Collins (installation)
Dave Derner (sculpture)
Dylan England & Bobby Griffiths (chalk installation)
Flatsitter (multimedia music & film)
Nancy Hughes & Center Dance (dance)
Kevin Kline (digital installation)
Julian Montague (installation)
Frank Napolski (digital installation)
Projex (digital installation)
Carlie Rickus (light installation)
Jamie Schmidt (string installation)
Nick Torsell (photography)
Maude White (paper installation)
"Silo City is booming, and it’s acoustics are electric, echoey, a place with character and charm and spirit and noise. Ghosts abound. It's totally unnerving and disarming, and amazing."
"The Silo City Reading Series was one of the most amazing events I've ever had the honor to sidle into. I felt like I was reading in another time all together. Somewhere both ancient and futuristic. I felt I was part of history."
“Because of the Silo City Reading Series, there is now as much beauty and language inside these silos as there ever was grain.”
“Silo City looks like a stage set for a post-apocalyptic zombie movie, but in the detritus and silos and rust of the last century, the beautiful denizens of Buffalo gather, and listen, their ears open as these silos to the open sky. The quieter and slower the voice, the more clearly it is heard in the echo of the silo. This is the gentle ghost-grain future rising out of the rude concrete brutalism of the past.”
“Silo City is an incredibly special reading series. It’s a gift to local writers, to visiting writers, to the Buffalo community and the idea of community. It’s the buzzword enacted: generosity, exchange, embrace, effort, gratitude, experimentation, goodwill.”
"Reading poems in a grain elevator while rain fell outside was one of the most magical poetry experiences I've ever had. The audience was all-in, ready to share the experience. Buffalo has something truly special--enviable--in the Silo City Reading Series."
"One of the three best poetry reading locations in America."
“Finally, a performance venue for poets that doesn’t just encourage, but truly emphasizes, embraces, and inspires the inherent performativity of poetry.”
“I did not expect to feel at home in the old abandoned silos of Buffalo--and yet while I was there, I was flushed with this sense of kinship, both with the people who made this space happen, but also with the silos' initial ambitions, to nourish and feed the people of this country. Now they hold artists who nourish one another through different yet equally vital means. The space reminded me, with its rusted elevators and shafts, that one can find familiarity, even comfort, in making something new, with others, out of what was once discarded--which is art at its most indispensable.”
“The old grain elevator that houses the Silo City Reading Series is unlike any other venue. It’s a stark, beautiful, formerly silent monument to Buffalo’s industrial past, thriving once again, inventively reinhabited by artists and performers and makers of all kinds. The performances I heard there, the percussive conversation of the crowd, are still echoing through my body. I felt I was listening to a community in the act of reimagining itself. Long live the Silos!”
“The Silo City Reading Series puts on the kind of gorgeous, gracious, pulsing event that usually only happens in dreams or magazines. I couldn't believe how many people crossed the overgrown railroad tracks to stream into the belly of the silo for an evening where poetry, music, and installation art came together to make something else entirely. Every city should be so lucky as Buffalo.”
“The Silo City Reading Series is magical. It drops the artists & audience into a nexus of history, commerce, nature's reclamations, & the radical work of imagination. It demonstrates how the imagination can transform ruins into a cathedral echoing the ghostly sublime, &, by extension, how the imagination can, if we trust it, transform each one of us.”
“The Silo City Reading Series offers an unlikely home in an unlikely location. It is the perfect reading for those looking to break free of traditional reading spaces. I felt close to the room, its history and the people inside of it. May all of our old buildings be repurposed in a way which allows them to continue to feed vast communities of people."
Use the links below to check out the current Silo City Reading Series season, browse through 40 years of Just Buffalo history, or view all upcoming literary events.