Thursday, September 3, 2015

The end of this blog; the beginning of a new website.

Dear valued reader,

This blog started the Buffalo State Alumni Writing Group off. However the name changed to Buffalo State Writer's Network and started a website at
Please join us and keep reading new articles and newsletters at our new internet home.


Rachel L. Johnson
Buffalo State Writer's Network Founder

Monday, June 29, 2015

June Newsletter

What’s Up Buff State Writers?

June 2015

Hello Writer!

                Theresa Wyatt self published her first poetry chapbook, Arrowheads Everywhere in 2014. The title is inspired by Native American imagery and general symbolism as it relates to aim and finding direction. The cover photograph is of an arrowhead plant with one large leaf pointing north. When I asked her about the title, Theresa said it came from the last line in her poem, “To Burchfield, The Four Seasons.”

            Theresa cited Carl Sandburg as one of her major influences. She admires his social activist commitment in highlighting the common man through his prose and poetry. She especially likes his Chicago poems and his war poems. She also has an interest in writing as a therapeutic process and has many poems published in medical humanities journals.   (Access to the archive of January 17, 2015)

A recent and new poem that she wrote in honor of her father, "Dementia Unit Visit," has been published in the spring edition of The Medical Literary Messenger (Univ of Va Medical School). That address and access is:      (Click on current spring edition to read)


Hello Published!

Matt Gryta was the editor of the Buffalo State Record his sophomore and senior years.  He is a veteran crime reporter based in Buffalo, New York. A staff reporter for the Buffalo News for four decades. He has spent his career covering gritty stories of crime, punishment and violence in Western New York.

He has two books published so far, The Real Teflon Don, the first disclosure of the secret New York State Police unit that so successfully tapped into the telephone calls of one of the Mafia's most powerful crime families that the FBI began borrowing its transcripts of those calls. Gryta has also published Joey 22, the first non-fiction account of one of the nation's most notorious serial killers who was based in Buffalo. Gryta was one of the principal reporters covering the story of the Joey Christopher crime saga.

Hello Publishers!

There are literary journals, magazines and newsletters to start publishing or continue to publish your creative writing. The dedication of the editors is important for the literary and arts community but without writers and artist, there is nothing for the editors to do.  Below are only a few I met through the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair and readings posted on the Buffalo State Writer’s Facebook page. There are contest too!

Hello Community!

Dog Ears Bookstore and Café is a cozy place to relax at the café or explore the bookshop. The walls are decorated with local’s art. They have a section for local authors and a poetry reading held every 4th Friday of the month with limited open mic spots. The nonprofit provides our neighborhood with art and literary surprises for adults and children. Also there is a writing summer camp for children.

Hello World!

Homecoming is a documentary about the island Pukapuka changes in the environment and culture from the perspective of two friends returning: Johnny Frisbie, a Pukapukan-American writer’s daughter and Amelia Borofsky, an American anthropologist’s daughter.

The director is Gemma Cubero del Barrio.

Interested in supporting this documentary on climate change, the South Pacific and two daughters coming home? The last date to raise funds is July 3.  Here’s the adventure!

And more literary events and open mics in Buffalo, NY…

Book Fest at WNY Book Arts Center 468 Washington St July 18 11 am-6 pm

Infringement Festival July 23-Aug 2

In the Wildflowers Field 1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts Sunday August 2
3 pm to 6 pm

Buffalo State Writer’s Reading at WNY Book Arts Center July 24 at 6 pm

Uniting Creative Writers at Buffalo State College Friday August 14 from 4pm-7pm

Open mic at Presto at 59 Allen St 6pm every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

Open mic at Gypsy Bar 376 Grant St at 6pm 2nd Sunday of the month.

Poetry Slam at Gypsy Bar 376 Grant St at 6pm 4th Sunday of the month.  $5

Reading and open mic at Dog Ears Bookstore 688 Abbott Rd at 7 pm 4th Friday of the month.  $4

Silo City Reading Series is at Ohio St & Child St. July 17th & August 29th at 7 pm.

Mark Twain’s time in Buffalo Tour hosted by Tom Reigstad Friday July 24 at 6pm $40

Cheektowaga, NY…

Empire State College Apple Tree Reading Series and open mic at 2875 Union Rd at 7 pm every last Tuesday of the month.

Lockport, NY...

Pulp 716 is a new comic & graphic novel coffee shop. There’s a record player so bring your vinyls to enjoy!

North Tonawanda, NY…

In the Wildflowers Field Redeemer Lutheran Church 265 Falconer St Sunday August 9 from 3 pm to 6 pm.


Thank you Theresa Wyatt and Matt Gryta for contributing to this newsletter!


Have literary events and open mics in your area around Buffalo, NY?
Please contact Rachel at

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello Summer!

Summer Events

Buffalo State Reading at WNYBAC

Friday July 24 at 6pm

Western New York Book Art Center

468 Washington St. Buffalo, NY 14203

Creative Writers read and perform their work.

Some readers are Margo Masur, Nathanael Stolte, and Ella Marie Elm.

Nathanael Stolte is reading from "The Beggars Book of Poems."

Ella Marie Elm is performing from "Leaving Home, Talk Story."

Books on sale. Cash only.


In the Wildflowers Field

Sunday August 2 from 3pm-6pm

1045 Elmwood Gallery for the Arts

1045 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14222

Sunday August 9 from 3pm-6pm

Redeemer Lutheran Church

265 Falconer St. North Tonawanda, NY 14120


In the Wildflowers Field is to honor loved ones who have passed away through creative performances with the theme of beauty in loss and to give to hospice who services everyone whether they suffer from osteoporosis, cancer, dementia, etc.

Greeting cards displayed for sale. Benefits Hospice.

Uniting Creative Writers

Friday August 14 from 4pm-7pm

1300 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222

Buffalo State College

Interested in reading at any of the events?

Please e-mail Rachel at


Meet Ups

The writing peer review is resuming in September.

The first meet up is Sunday 27 from 2pm-4pm at Ashkers on Elmwood Ave.



What’s Up Buff State Writers? Check back for the newsletter here on Tuesday June 30.



Anyone can publish to the page timeline. Please publish related writing resources here. The post may take the next day to publish.


Change in Name

The Buffalo State Alumni Writing Group is more about giving a network and resources for writers so the name is Buffalo State Writer’s Network.

Your ideas?

I would like to hear from you if you have a resource or idea. E-mail Rachel at

Monday, June 1, 2015

In the Wildflowers Field in August and summer break

The Writing Meet Ups will resume in September.

In the Wildflowers Field is a community event to honor a loved one who passed away. Write a poem, sing a song, perform a skit, create a card, give to Hospice. Please submit your work by July 1. The event is Aug 2 from 3pm to 6pm, Aug 8 from 2pm to 6pm, Aug 9 from 3pm to 6pm. The proceeds benefit Hospice.

For more information, visit the blog

For updated information, visit the Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

May 28 meeting

The next meeting is Thursday, May 28 from 6pm to 8pm at Cafe Aroma at 957 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY.

This meeting is about In the Wildflowers Field and recap about the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair.
Please bring your writing for peer review also.

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter

What’s Up Buff State Writers?

Hello Member!

I graduated from North Tonawanda High School where my poems were published in the school’s magazine. I then went to Niagara County Community College and transferred to Buff State where I became involved in the Rooftop Poetry Club (RPC). The love for poetry I discovered in high school caught up with me there. Everytime they had an event or writing workshop I wanted to be there. In 2008 I was accepted into a United Nations Educational Science Cultural Organization Program in Poland to teach English to teenagers. When I graduated I continued to participate in RPC. Also, I volunteered at Literacy Volunteers of America as an ESL Tutor. Then I moved to Hawaii for four years where I tutored and completed a DONA International Approved Birth Doula Workshop.  In addition to writing, I also enjoy taking pictures and making them into cards. I decided to come back to continue writing with the intention to publish my work and make greeting cards. In September 2014, I started to volunteer at the Western New York Book Art Center. I also wanted to get involved in the writing community. My friend, Jessica Rath encouraged me to start a writing group so began the Buffalo State Alumni Writing Group. I can be contacted about the writing group at or interest in my esl/writing tutor services or cards at

Rachel Johnson
Alumna 2009
North Tonawanda, NY

Hello Published!

Matt Gryta graduated in 1969. While he worked at the Buffalo News as a crime reporter, a lead in his career sparked more than an article. Read all about it in, The Real Teflon Don: How an Elite Team of New York State Troopers Helped Take Down America’s Most Powerful Mafia Family and Joey 22. In the future he plans to publish more books related to crime.

Hello Publisher!


What’s so sunny, funny, and good looking about this publisher?
Come find out at their exhibit at Western New York Book Art Center that ends May 2 with a reading by some of the published on Friday, May 1 from 6pm to 10pm.  

Hello Community!

Western New York Book Art Center is located downtown below the Just Buffalo Literary Center. Here is where letters meet art. Curious? Their website is below. After all, what would words be without fonts?

Comments or Questions?
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