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Silo City Reading Series

SILO CITY READING SERIES ( in Marine A Silo behind the bar)
presented by Just Buffalo Literary Center

DATE: July 20, 2019
TIME: 7pm // free & open to the public


The SILO CITY READING SERIES brings together nationally acclaimed poets and performers with Buffalo-based writers, artists, and musicians for multidisciplinary and collaborative arts events at Silo City–a complex of abandoned, 130-foot and 95 year-old concrete grain silos along the Buffalo River.

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020. http://www.danezsmithpoet.com/

Eve Williams was a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee, and was the 2018 Buffalo representative to both the Women of the World and the National Individual Poetry Slam as a member of the 2018 Buffalo National Slam Team. She is ranked in the top 20 slam poets in the world (2018) and is the highest internationally ranked slam poet from Buffalo. Eve publishes videos of her work on a Facebook page titled Unfiltered. Her poems “I’ve been having a hard time with white people lately,” “I know you Rachel Dolezal,” and “Black Girl Gone” have garnered national attention. She has been featured on several blogs including AfroPunk, SonofBaldwin and KinfolkKollective. She has published in The Buffalo News, A Flash of Dark: an Anthology, My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry, Peach Mag and Sun Magazine.

Edreys Wajed is an artist, educator, performer, and entrepreneur based in Buffalo. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Main Street Gallery, SUNY Buffalo State and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology. His solo exhibition, White Lines Matter, was featured at the Western New York Book Arts Center in 2017. In collaboration with the Albright Knox Art Gallery and NFTA Metro, Wajed participated in the completion of the Freedom Wall at the corner of Michigan Ave. and East Ferry St. with fellow artists Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley and John Baker in 2017. When it comes to his approach to his life, his art, and all his pursuits, Wajed’s motto is simple: “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it!” https://www.eatoffart.com/

Indie hip-hop artist, Hop Hop, is the quintessence of musical creative Jaz Frazier. Jaz elaborates, “Hop is the candy coating for my inner kid, my soft side, my bad bitch, my politics. When I’m onstage, it becomes my soapbox. I try to wield what little power I have with careful recklessness.”

Established in 1975, Just Buffalo Literary Center serves the region with author readings and conversations, literary events, writing workshops, interdisciplinary performances, and student publications. More information is available at: justbuffalo.org or by calling (716) 832-5400.

Just Buffalo Literary Center is part of a National Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Earlier Event: July 19
Erin Durant & Tough Old Bird
Later Event: July 21
Austin Stanbaugh / Pine Fever


85 Silo City Row

Buffalo, NY 14203


Wednesday 3 pm-10 pm

Thursday 3 pm-10 pm

Friday 3 pm-Midnight

Saturday 12 pm-Midnight

Sunday 12 pm-7pm


(716) 235-8380


For music bookings contact Kevin Cain at kevocain@gmail.com