Poet, writer and literacy activist Noah Falck has been featured in a respected online magazine, dedicated to international literature – Words without Borders.
Over the years, I have come to know Noah as a friend, and as a person that can get anything done that he sets his mind to. Fortunately for Buffalo’s cultural/literary scene, the wordsmith has been able to make giant strides in a creative field that sometimes does not get the attention that other art mediums command.
Since arriving in Buffalo, Noah has helped to craft the local literary world by immersing himself into the mind’s eye of the city. He immediately grasped the quirky urban landscape and used it to his advantage, as fighter might use a sword. He viewed the silos as inspirational havens. He recognized the plight of the illiterate as an opportunity to wield his craft. He saw himself in the people of Buffalo. Ultimately, he found himself in a place where he was appreciated, along with his passion for poetic justice.
Passionate creative types such as Noah look to cities such as Buffalo as places to dig in and get things done. In any larger city, he would still be appreciated of course, but in Buffalo he has pretty much been handed a key to open doors to whatever inspires him. There was a time when many of these doors were closed in this city (literally and figuratively). I am of the belief that in Buffalo, one person can make an indelible mark on the cultural landscape. Noah has proved that point, and I’m happy to see him being recognized for his efforts.
Noah Falck currently works as Education Director at Just Buffalo Literary Center and curates the Silo City Reading Series.