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Watch now: Poet Jillian Hanesworth at March For Our Lives

June 20, 2022

Click here to watch Jillian Hanesworth speak at the 2022 March For Our Lives!

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Buffalo's Poet Laureate Calls for Change

May 17, 2022

Check out this radio interview with NPR!


We made the cover!

July 8, 2021

Grab your FREE copy of The Challenger News or visit their website to check out this week's edition that introduces me as the first poet laureate of Buffalo! I am so honored in so many ways to be featured and I hop you get a chance to tune in. A huge THANK YOU to everyone that made this happen.


It's not a crown, it's a service!

November 5, 2023

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With ‘fire in the bones,’ Buffalo’s first poet laureate lights the way

April 25, 2021

"Jillian Hanesworth has a rare gift for words. But even now, she says she can’t fully express how it felt on Jan. 20, when 22-year-old Amanda Gorman walked onto the podium at President Biden’s inauguration and began reading her poetry in front of the world." Click to read more


Reflecting on role as Buffalo's first Poet Laureate

January 2, 2024


Turning pain into beauty

December 7, 2023

Check out this article as I reflect on the challenges that came with representing as the poet laureate during the aftermath of May 14th


Lessons from Before and After Again

March 21, 2024

Check out this insightful conversation about what I've learned while working on Before and After Again


Hear Poet Jillian Hanesworth Honor The Tops Shooting Victims

July 15, 2022

Tune in to WBFO to hear Jillian Hanesworth speak on the reopening of Tops on Jefferson as well as her poem honoring the lives stolen.


Art News: Before and After Again

March 11, 2024

Check out this beautiful article in Art News about Before and After Again

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