Just Buffalo Literary Center STUDIO Poetry Series

Oct. 28-Nov. 18, 2020

Just Buffalo Literary Center exists to share stories, give voice, and build community. The 2020/21 season will focus on writers whose work addresses issues related to the body, health, disability, and healing with different perspectives on that theme (i.e. the Black body; mother's bodies as sites of legal/political activity; the disabled body and discourses around abelism; AIDS and activism; and rhetoric(s) of cancer).  

Just Buffalo’s STUDIO series continues its long tradition of presenting the most innovative poets and authors of our time, pairing mid-career, genre-defining artists with emerging writers for readings, in-depth discussions, and workshops. STUDIO examines the creative process and nurtures the careers of promising local poets and aspiring young writers. Just Buffalo's curatorial strategy prioritizes presenting those writers who have demonstrated artistic excellence in their careers; who are as dynamic on stage as they are on the page; and who model the type of social activism and transformative thinking that fulfills its mission.

Designed to empower participants to explore literature as a means to translate their own experiences with health & the healthcare system, grief, trauma and victory over circumstance, the season will provide an artistic lens by which audiences may acknowledge and reshape outdated paradigms, nurture empathy, and promote healing and self-agency through creative expression.

Featured poets and works include:

  • Oct. 28: Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic (2019 National Book Award for Poetry finalist)
  • Nov. 4: Dawn Lundy Martin, Good Stock Strange Blood
  • Nov. 11: Kazim Ali (in conversation with Kaveh Akbar), The Voice of Sheila Chandra
  • Nov. 18: Anne Boyer, The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams,Data, Exhaustion, Cancer and Care (2020 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction