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The Poetry Collection

Just Buffalo Collection

The Just Buffalo collection contains the literary center’s artist files, business and programming records, press releases and clippings, grant applications, audio cassettes, video recordings, calendars and newsletters, event posters, and other material. Founded by Debora Ott in 1975, Just Buffalo is the premier literary center in the Buffalo/Niagara region and one of the largest in the country. Following its mission "to create and strengthen communities through the literary arts," each year the organization produces and promotes a wide range of community-based literary programming including poetry and fiction readings, lectures, open mics, educational instruction and multidisciplinary school programs, and writing workshops. Originally part of the Allentown Community Center in Buffalo, New York, in 1989 the literary center incorporated as a non-profit organization. Recognized as a Primary Institution by the New York State Council on the Arts and honored with a New York State Governor’s Arts Award, Just Buffalo Literary Center has over the course of its history brought numerous nationally and internationally renowned writers and poets to Buffalo while supporting the local literary communities of Western New York. 

This collection has not yet been fully processed. Holdings for some items published by or associated with Just Buffalo are available individually in the UB Libraries catalog.

Please contact the Poetry Collection curators for more information: lpo-poetry@buffalo.edu