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Just Buffalo launches new Writing Center Thursday

Just Buffalo Literary Center will mark the official opening of its new Writing Center with a launch celebration from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at its recently renovated second floor space at 468 Washington Street (above the Western New York Book Arts Center) near the intersection of Mohawk Street.

Among the activities planned for the celebration are "pop-up" readings featuring young writers involved Just Buffalo's various education and Spotlight on Youth programs, as well as readings by Just Buffalo's professional teaching artist staff, interactive writing games, live music, and (as the organization's press release notes, with an exclamation point) cake.

Although the second floor space has been in use since February for member events and the recently inaugurated Studio Reading Series, its launch as a Writing Center offering a full range of workshops, critique groups, and writing assistance services (including one-on-one assistance with homework and college readiness) represents a major initiative for Just Buffalo, tying its programs for writers of all ages and experience levels together in a common, multi-use location.

Robin Lee Jordan--a widely published, Buffalo-based writer of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction who received her MFA in Poetry from Oregon State University, teaches at the University at Buffalo, and serves as a youth mentor at Gay & Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York--will be the Just Buffalo Writing Center's coordinator.

In conjunction with the launch of its Writing Center, Just Buffalo has announced a  complete schedule of late spring and summer writing workshops beginning next week and extending through August.  The workshops will all be led by writers who serve as teaching artists in Just Buffalo's education programs, an impressive roster that includes poet Sherry Robbins, novelist and playwright Gary Earl Ross, playwright Neil Wechsler, writer and media artist Brian Mihok, performance poet Janna Willoughby-Lohr, poets Cheryl Quimba and Rachel Katz,  photographer and visual artist Catherine Linder Spencer, and poet-publishers Amanda Montei and Jon Rutzmoser, both Ph.D. candidates in the UB Poetics Program and co-editors of Bon Aire Projects.

All the workshops will be free, but limited to twelve participants per workshop by registration.  For a complete listing of the workshops and the dates they meet, or to pre-register, visit

--R.D. Pohl 

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