• Entropy: THE POETEXPO

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  • What is poetry if not the distillation of utter chaos into beauty?

    Entropy: THE POETEXPO is a celebration of the chaotic loveliness of all things poetry. Browse books from regional presses, make your own Pamphlet Stitch Journal with the Western New York Books Arts Center, & hear the work of some of Buffalo’s most stellar poets.

    FEATURING Julio Montalvo Valentin, Megan Kemple, Robin Jordan, and Eve Williams Wilson.

    With readings by Just Buffalo Writing Center Young Writers.

    Event Schedule:
    Entropy: THE POETEXPO runs from 1 – 6 pm.
    Vendor tables will be open throughout the event.

    1:30 pm: “On Process, People, and Place” – Panel discussion with the featured readers
    2:30 pm: Just Buffalo Writing Center Young Writers Showcase
    2:30 – 3:30 pm: Drop-in Pamphlet Stitch journal workshop with WNYBAC
    3:30 pm: Featured Readers

    JBWC Young Writers
    Just Buffalo’s Writing Center is a gathering place designed to aid young and emerging writers in the cultivation of their writing skills. The JBWC is dedicated to the empowerment of young voices, providing access to writing workshops, literary events, and one-on-one assistance with homework, and college readiness. Our center hopes to help young people attain the tools they need to flourish as writers and leaders in our community.

    Julio Montalvo Valentin is the author of two chapbooks, Don’t Give up the Ship and Ship Lost, with a forthcoming chapbook, Rice, expected next year with NightBallet Press. No longer an editor and publisher, you can find him working on his next project, converting a school bus into a poetry caravan within the next year.

    Megan Kemple is a writer, actress, dancer, and teaching artist based out of Buffalo, NY. In 2017 and 2018, she represented Buffalo at the National Poetry Slam with Pure Ink Poetry, ending in the top ten teams in the nation, and personally placing third in the NUPIC individual slam. Her first chapbook, American Blasphemies, was released through Ghost City Press in March 2017 and was subsequently staged as a fully realized immersive dance piece. Her poetry has also been published in Foundlings Magazine, Vending Machine Press, and Feminspire. Her plays have been produced by Buffalo United Artists, American Repertory Theatre of Western New York, Road Less Travelled Productions, and Niagara University. She is certified in Barter Theatre’s Project R.E.A.L., or Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning, an innovative hands-on method that combines theatre tools, self-reflection, and peer interaction to teach classroom material and emotional health.

    Robin Lee Jordan is the coordinator of the Just Buffalo Writing Center, a free creative writing center for teens, and started the coin-operated, mini-art exchange (B)uffalo (A)rt (D)ispensary. She received her MFA in Poetry from Oregon State University and her poetry and lyric prose have been published in journals such as Dream Pop Press, alice blue review, Puerto del Sol, Paper Darts, Peach Mag, and My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlazeVOX).

    Poet Eve Williams is a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee. She was the 2018 Buffalo representative to the Women of the World international poetry slam in Dallas. She is a member of the 2018 Buffalo National Slam Team that competed in Chicago and placed in the Top 10 nationwide. She is the 2018 Buffalo representative to the National Individual Poetry Slam in San Diego. 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 and she has been featured on several blogs including AfroPunk, SonofBaldwin and KinfolkKollective. She has published in the Buffalo News, Peach Mag and Sun Magazine.


    Paige Melin is a poet, editor, and freelance writer from Buffalo, NY. She is the author of the book of poetry Puddles of an Open (BlazeVOX, 2016) and the microchapbook MTL/BFL//ÉTÉ/QUINZE (Buffalo Ochre Papers, 2016). She has served as an editor for Ursa Literary Review, Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry, and My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlazeVOX, 2017). In 2012, she founded steel bellow: a purely buffalo literary magazine. Most recently, her writing has appeared in Ghost City Review, Peach Mag, and Step Out Buffalo. Paige holds a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. from the University of Maine. She has worked for the SUNY Buffalo Poetry & Rare Books Collection and the National Poetry Foundation. Currently, she is the host of the Fourth Friday Reading Series at Dog Ears Bookstore.


    BlazeVOX [books] presents innovative fictions and wide ranging fields of contemporary poetry. Our books push at the frontiers of what is possible with our innovative poetry, fiction and select non-fiction and literary criticism. Our fundamental mission is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large.

    Buffalo Ochre Papers
    The Buffalo Ochre Papers published Yellow Field, an international journal of emergent, established, and undersung poetry, as well as the earlier and local journal Yellow Edenwald Field (named for Sally Hoskins Potenza’s painting in the Burchfield Penney). The local poetics of YEF is continued in the Series of Chapettes, publishing writers working in Western New York.

    Earth’s Daughters
    Earth’s Daughters magazine, now in its 47th year, is the longest continuously published feminist literary periodical in US and has featured work by well-known poets such as Marge Piercy, Diane di Prima, Denise Levertov, and Lynn Lifshin, as well as many other writers both established and emerging, from every state in the union and from many countries. Earth’s Daughters functions as a collective, with a multi-generational slate of local editors, all of whom are themselves published and performing poets: Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, and ryki zuckerman. Learn more at http://www.earthsdaughters.org

    Ghost City
    Based out of Syracuse, NY, Ghost City Press showcases poets, essayists and fiction writers from around the world. From National Slam Poets, to emerging wordsmiths, to established storytellers, GCP offers a diverse pool of literary greatness.

    Inspiration Point Buffalo

    Just Buffalo Literary Center believes in the love of reading, the art of writing, and the power of the literary arts to transform individual lives and communities. For more than 40 years, Just Buffalo Literary Center has brought the world’s greatest writers to Buffalo, hosted poetry events and readings, and supported the development of young writers.

    Peach Mag
    Peach Mag is a literature and arts magazine based out of Buffalo and powered by a team of volunteer editors. Its flagship publication is peachmgzn.com, which features new creative writing or visual art every Tuesday and Friday. The editors also produce in-print anthologies, publish a column of literary news and micro-reviews in The Public, host a seasonal reading series, and sponsor annual awards featuring iconic guest judges.

    Poetry Collection
    A University at Buffalo Libraries Special Collection, the Poetry Collection is the library of record for 20th- and 21st-century poetry in English. Founded in 1937 by Charles Abbott, the Poetry Collection now holds one of the world’s largest collections of first and other bibliographically significant editions, little literary magazines and journals, broadsides, anthologies, criticism, and more than 150 archives and manuscript collections from a wide range of poets, presses, magazines, and organizations.

    Second Reader Books
    Dana & John Rigney opened the Second Reader Bookshop in 2002. Located on Hertel Avenue in the heart of North Buffalo, it features carefully selected used books & gifts for readers, from the quirky to the literary.

    Wat You Mean?
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    The WNY Book Arts Center is an educational non-profit dedicated to printing and book-related arts through education, creation, and exhibition for a broad and diverse community. WNYBAC features letterpress & screen printing studios, a gallery, a working museum, and a gift & art shop featuring work by members and local artists in our downtown Buffalo location.

    WNYBAC Workshop Description:
    Stitch your own journal! We’ll turn old prints into new books with some simple steps & specialty bookbinding tools. Journals will be hand-stitched, and no two alike!

    This event is free with gallery admission.

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