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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On April 18th, 2019 George Saunders came to Buffalo to conclude the 2018-19 season. From the student event until the final book was signed after 11pm, Saunders was one of the kindest, most gracious people you could ever hope to meet.

In the latest issue of Buffalo Spree, Maria Scrivani chats with Min Jin Lee about Pachinko, her writing heroes, and her next book. Come be inspired by one of today's best loved authors on March 20th!

Meet Writing Center Youth Ambassador Sage Enderton. The first picture is from 2014, when she first started coming to the center.  And here's Sage this past week, leading a poetry and collage workshop as a Teaching Artist! She's the first young writer to become a Teaching Artist and we couldn't be more proud of her. Watching her change from being too shy to share her work to realizing that "I have a voice and it's loud and it's powerful and I have a lot to say" has been an honor and a privilege. For the workshop, Sage explored the idea of collage in poetry and visual art. Participants wrote centos* and then created collages inspired by their poems. *From the Latin word for “patchwork," the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic form made up of lines from poems by other poets.Thank you for supporting the Just Buffalo Writing Center; this transformation wouldn't have been possible without you.

Education Director Noah Falck was able to sneak back into town before the storm. He spent a few days at the NYSCA offices for a conversation on professional development opportunities for arts educators.  It is always a great occasion to meet our colleagues at other organizations; we're all stronger together! back row:Elizabeth Bennett of Staten Island ArtsEd Friedman & Maura O'Malley of Lifetime Arts, Inc.Helaya de Barros of Association of Teaching ArtistsStephen Butler of CNY ArtsBryant 'Drew' Andrews of Center for Creative EducationAlex Sarian of Lincoln Center EducationRosemary Williams of Western New York Book Arts CenterNoah Falck of Just Buffalo Literary CenterAnnette Ramos of The Rochester Latino Theatre Company- RLTCNelle Stockes of Magic Box Productions front row (kneeling / sitting)Katie Rainey of Community-Word ProjectSusan Perlstein of Elders Share the ArtsChristine Leahy & Kavie Barnes of NYSCA

The first days of January tempt us to pivot between past and future. As we begin to come back to our routines and think about where we want to go to, we also pause to recall where we’ve been. At the end of 2018 we lost Amos Oz. Thankfully, WBFO took the time to sit down with him in 2011 when Oz was a guest at BABEL.