“Heavy” Reflections is a collaborative project for the Spring of 2024

“Heavy” Reflections celebration/performance 1:00pm June 22, 2024 at Fitz Books & Waffles at 431 Ellicott Street

This project is supported by Just Buffalo Literary Center as part of their Civil Writes Project in concert with their BABEL Series featuring author Kiese Laymon, his memoir Heavy: An American Memoir and his BABEL discussion on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

The goal of this project is to provide community members a continuing opportunity to reflect deeply on their personal experiences and on how they relate to Kiese Laymon’s memoir and BABEL discussion.


  • Thursday, April 4 5pm-6pm Welcome Gathering for core group (books distributed)
  • Thursday, April 25 7pm-10pm Kiese Laymon’s BABEL talk (complimentary admission for core group)
  • Thursday, May 2 6:00pm-8:30pm WRITE ON intuitive writing group inspired by “Heavy” at CAO’s Masten Resource Center at 1423 Fillmore Ave
  • Monday, May 6 at 7pm-8:30pm Once Trees Book Club discussion of “Heavy” at Masten Resource Center
  • Thursday, May 9 1:00pm-3:30pm WRITE ON intuitive writing group inspired by “Heavy” at Masten Resource Center
  • Tuesday, May 21 6:00pm-8:30pm WRITE ON intuitive writing group inspired by “Heavy” at Rise of WNY at 1643 Hertel Ave
  • Friday, May 31 by 9:00pm Deadline to Submit your writing
  • Saturday, June 22 1:00-3:00pm Celebration/Presentation at Fitz Books & Waffles of publication of writings by core group

Heavy: An American Memoir is available from local bookstores such as Talking Leaves, Fitz Books and Zawadi Books.

This project included both WRITE ON workshops and Once Trees Book Club.

For more information on this collaboration between Kamau R.E. Fields and Community Canvases’ Kind Fools, please reach out to Hy Carrel at hy@kindfools.org or (716) 259-2725

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