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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Wordplay: Our Annual Anthology of Student Writing

At Just Buffalo Literary Center, we believe in the love of reading, the art of writing, and the power of the literary arts to transform lives and communities. Wordplay, our annual anthology featuring the writing of young people composed during our education programs, performs every part of this mission. Take a look inside past issues. See what moves the young people of Western New York. We are always astonished by what is voiced inside, and we are sure you will be too.

Wordplay 2019

Wordplay 2018

Wordplay 2017

Wordplay 2016

Wordplay 2015

Wordplay 2014

Wordplay 2013

Wordplay 2010–2011

Wordplay 2009

Wordplay 2008

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We believe in the power of the literary arts to change individual lives and communities. Help us put that vision into action.