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Writers’ Resources in Buffalo

Buffalo’s recent revival has brought safe and supporting havens for wordsmiths and literary artists alike, to unite and share their work with others. Whether you’re looking for open mic nights or a comforting corner of a book shop to relax and read, this compilation of worldly-wise and writer friendly communities will satisfy your creative side.

Reading Series

Just Buffalo’s Babel

Silo City Summer Reading Series

The Canisius Contemporary Writers Series

The Oscar Silverman Readings

Peach Mag Episodes, and the Just Buffalo’s Studio Series.

Pure Ink Poetry is one of the most active literary communities in the city. They have monthly poetry slam events at Gypsy Parlor, along with open mic nights, fundraising events, and occasionally local festivals like the Taste of Diversity. The group was founded by Brandon Williamson in January 2012 and many of the focal members have been nominated in national poetry competitions. Follow them on Facebook for their upcoming events!

Poet’s Storm is another event to watch out for on Facebook. It’s a local public group that features writers from the area who perform their poetry, previously at Nietzsche’s and Community Beer Works.

Wordism is yet another group that was born in Buffalo in 2015. They host open mics for writers to showcase their work to a welcoming audience, usually at either the Pausa Art House or Daily Planet Coffee Co. Check them out on Facebook for their updates.

Other Open Mic Nights

Second Stage Writers hosts open mic nights at Grindhaus Café.

First Friday Poetry at Perks Café hosted by Skyler Rutkowski

4th Friday Poetry Series at Dog Ears Bookstore

Open mics at Caffé Aroma

Open mics at Caffeology with Green Buffalo Productions

Words on the Street by Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, and Just Buffalo Literary Center

Writer’s Meetup Groups

The Buffalo Writers

Allentown Poets Workshop

Naked America Writers

Buffalo Sci-Fi / Fantasy Writers

Shut up & Write!

JB Writing Center & Youth Writing Workshops

Facebook Groups

Western New York Poets

Writers of Buffalo

Western New York Writer’s Network

Buffalo Author’s Network

Living Poets Society

WAM Buffalo Writers Artists Musicians

Buffalo Sci Fi / Fantasy Writers

A Place for our Poets, Writers, Artists

Bonus: Buffalo Reading Invasion

Local Publishers

Prometheus Books & Seventh Street Books

Named after the Greek god who blessed humans with the spark of curiosity and critical thinking, this established publisher offers writers who prefer science, philosophy, psychology, theology, true crime and more! Providing thought-provoking books since 1969, they are also partnered with Seventh Street Books, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, a publishing house dedicated to mysteries and thrillers.

Peach Mag is a locally based, though far-reaching literary e-zine and print anthology press.

Sunnyoutside Press has been an independent publisher since 2005, bringing wholesome short stories, poetry, and fiction to the Buffalo scene.

Foundlings Press originally started as a magazine and progressed into a local publishing company.

Slipstream Press is a literary magazine based in Niagara Falls, dedicated to poetry since 1980.

No Frills Buffalo Publishing creates poetry, fiction, short story collections, and children’s books.

Plurality Press is Buffalo-born literary publishing company.

Earth’s Daughters is a feminist lit mag founded in 1971.

Steel Below is a Buffalo literary magazine currently under construction but watch for their comeback! You can check out Second Reader Bookshop at 1421 Hertel Ave. or Rust Belt Books at 415 Grant St. for copies of their previous issues.

BlazeVox – an independent publisher founded by Geoffrey Gatza (poetry and prose – avant-garde literature

Bookstores & Literary Centers

Second Reader Bookshop

Dog Ears Bookstore

Rust Belt Bookstore

Westside Stories Used Books

Talking Leaves Books

Inspiration Point

Burning Books

Just Buffalo Literary Center – Offers open mics, BABEL, workshops, classes, book fairs, and much more.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library – Hosts a variety of events, including workshops, reading series, author meet & greets, and book fairs.

Other Events and resources

The Sugar City Zine Fair in the summer.

Language to Literacy Program

Annual Buffalo Writing Workshop

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum – There are two in Buffalo!

Studio Author Series

Bonus: Reading Rules!

Bonus: Read to Succeed

Bonus: WNY Children’s Book Expo

Bonus: JB 40 Stories

Most higher ed learning institutions provide writing resources for the community

Although the Small Press Book Fair was discontinued about two years ago, there are some random independent book fairs out there on Facebook from time to time, so keep an eye out!

For further resources, check out JBLC’s list that they have compiled.

Are you aware of any literary resources available in Buffalo that were not mentioned in this list? Please let me know in the comment section, or by sending an email to kellercatie@gmail.com.

Lead image courtesy Just Buffalo Literary Center | Mural installed by James Moffitt – designed by Julian Montague – commissioned by Just Buffalo Literary Center

Written by Catherine Keller

Catherine Keller

Born and bred in Buffalo, Catherine Keller published her first poetry chapbook, ‘Sonder’, in June 2018, which is available on Amazon. She has been published in literary magazines including Wilderness House Literary Review, Epigraph Press, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Stray Branch, and Hooligan Magazine, the Buffalo News, and Esperanza Magazine. When she’s not writing, she spends her time chasing sunsets, waterfalls, and free food, which you can view on her Instagram @catiekeller.

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