Foundlings Poetry Zine Launches May 1st

I’ve kept this under wraps for a while, but Artvoice was cool enough to break the news that Buffalo will be home to a new poetry magazine, Foundlings, which will launch with a “reading and rager” at Sterling Tap and Wurst on 1 May at 7pm.

I’m a co-editor along with my traveling partners Max Crinnin and Steve Coffed; my old Griffin colleague Darren Canham is or Art Director and Graphic Designer. The magazine of words and images features local poets including American Academy of Poets award-winner Crinnin and Just Buffalo Literary Center’s Members Contest winner Justin Karcher, among other great talents.

Artvoice teased one of the poems in our collection – Max’s reverent encomium to Wegmans, “Against the Many Targets” – you can read it here. We hope to see you at Sterling on the 1st. Until then, you can reach out to us through and fine out more at



5 responses to “Foundlings Poetry Zine Launches May 1st”

  1. Aidan-
    Fantastic News! Congratulations to all of you. Looking forward to the Launch.

    Kathleen M. De Laney
    Archivist/Special Collections Librarian
    Canisius College

  2. Hi Aidan, We’re all set for Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 1 in the instruction room (see below). We’re going to have to start talking about publicity. Could you send me the names of the poets, and that way I can start making contacts in other departments to encourage attendance. This week is a busy, but let’s try to set a time when we can meet. ..tomorrow I am totally booked with a researcher and two programs. When are you around the campus? Kathleen

  3. Aidan,
    Thanks for this lead. I’ve just spoken with Robin, and we’re getting together sometime next week. The ideas are flowing. I’ll fill you in a bit more when I can.
    This year if 3 good programs come out of BBW, I’ll count it as a success…already, you’ve got us on our way. Now for the commitment from others…always fun.

    From: Robin Jordan []
    Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:53 PM
    To: DeLaney, Kathleen M
    Cc: Ryan, Aidan Matthew
    Subject: Re: Just Buffalo and Banned Books Event

    Thank you, Aidan, and sorry we couldn’t be more help for your event!
    Kathleen, below is the idea I sent to Aidan who was asking whether or not Just Buffalo might want to be a part of an event he is organizing for the Banned Books week.

    I would love to think of a way to get the young writers of the Just Buffalo Writing Center involved somehow. The JBWC is a free creative writing center for teens (ages 12-18) that offers afterschool writing activities/ workshops on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our young writers are AWESOME and love pouncing on opportunities to get involved in the community. I was thinking that I could run a few discussions and compose a few writing prompts for our students on the topic of banned books and censorship in the weeks leading up. They will be in school during your event but I would be happy to compile some of their responses and read them at the event, if you’re interested.
    In essence, it sounds like it would be similar to the reading Aidan is hosting but with high school-aged writers reading poems/creative writing in response to banned books or on the topic of censorship. (Depending on the event time and whether or not they are in school.)The next few weeks (perhaps months) are going to be quite busy over here at Just Buffalo and I know the kids are about to go back to school but I hate to miss an opportunity to get our young writers’ voices out in the community. They are pretty amazing!
    Here’s a link to the JBWC website and Tumblr page for more info and a peek into their awesomeness:
    I would be happy to talk more about it via phone/email if this is something you think might weave well into your plans for the week. 716-861-9190

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