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Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology

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Edited by Jody K. Biehl

Part of Belt’s City Anthology Series. “Absolutely one of the best books about Buffalo ever created.”—Buffalo News

Buffalo, New York, sits atop a glorious history of power, disappointment, artistic flair, racial injustice, and spicy chicken wings—and all with Niagara Falls in its backyard. Told through the eyes of more than 65 artists, writers, and residents, the essays, poems, and photographs in Right Here, Right Now offer an unblinking, personal portrait of this often-overlooked city, both its good and bad sides. Edited by Jody K. Biehl, contributions from Wolf Blitzer, Lauren Belfer, Marv Levy, John Lombardo, Mary Ramsey, Robby Takac, and many more show why so many people love calling Buffalo home. Here, you’ll encounter:

  • Frederick Law Olmstead’s impact on the city’s early design
  • The pain and joy of biking through Lake Effect snow
  • Racism in a gentrifying city and city planning initiatives
  • The rise and fall of the Buffalo mafia
  • A trip to a Western New York meat raffle.

Touching on the meaning of home and how to find it, this collection offers an honest look at where Buffalo’s been, where it is today, and where it may be going next. 

An insiders’ kaleidoscopic portrait of a messy, magnetic, and magical city.

Praise for Right Here, Right Now:

"...Absolutely one of the best books about Buffalo ever created—a genuinely essential book to be put on the same shelf as Lauren Belfer's City of Light and Verklyn Klinkenborg's The Last Fine Time and very few others. No literate Buffalo home should be without one." Buffalo News

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Jody K. Biehl is the director of the journalism program at the University at Buffalo and the former editor for Der Spiegel magazine in Berlin. She lives in Buffalo, New York.

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