Curriculum Vitae

Kenneth W. Sherwood

Business Address:

Department of English
302 Clemens Hall
SUNY at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 645-2572

Home Address:

179 York Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 881-1682


B.A. 1991 Bates College, English
M.A. 1996 anticipated SUNY at Buffalo

Proposed Dissertation

"Vernacular Voices: Inscriptions of Talk in an American Poetics" examines the imagination of the speaking voice in: Walt Whitman's poetry, the oratory of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Fredrick Douglass; and lower- limit speech in the modernism of Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Mina Loy, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and Louis Zukofsky; and the mind's talk in Melvin Tolson, Jack Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Charles Olson, Hannah Weiner and David Antin to ascertain the predominance of the talking subject in self-consciously American poetics.

Awards and Honors

1996 Writer-in-Residence, just buffalo literary center, inc.
1991 Senessey Memorial Award, English and Theater
1991 Graduated with High Honors, English, Bates College


Project Director, City Honors Online Writing Program, 1995-present
Assistant Editor, American Anthropologist, 1995-present
Teaching Assistant, English, SUNY at Buffalo, 1993-1995
Teacher, English, NY English and Mathematics Institute, 1991-1992

Courses Taught

Reading Culture Critically
African American Literature

Teaching Interests

Nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature: nineteenth-century prose and poetry, African American literature, Ethnopoetics, twentieth- century American prose, American modernism, literary criticism, writing, and writing technology.


contributions to books:

"David Antin." Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Poets Since 1945. Joseph Conte, ed. Detroit: Gale Research Press, forthcoming, 1996.

other publications:

"People Either Go Click: Splicings From a Talk with Dennis Tedlock." Poetic Briefs / Translation, April 1993.
"Aural Poetry." Poetic Briefs, January 1994.


"Response on Community," Situation, forthcoming.
"Scrims," Chain, v.3, Spring 1996.
"1:06 AM," Experioddicist, v.7.
"Sound Off," Juxta/Electronic, v.5.
"To Dwell in," Sandstone 24 Lb. Text, February 1994.
"ever inside," "true green ear," Transmog 11, August 1993.
"Glower of five L's," "Eauratic Poetic," Kiosk: A Magazine of New Writing, Spring 1994.
"Escaping the Funeral," Kiosk: A Magazine of New Writing, Fall1992/Spring 1993.

poetry readings:

Presentations of the Future. Mother Earth Cafe: Albany, New York. 19-21 January 1995.
Kiosk celebration, Big Orbit Gallery: Buffalo, New York. 6 May 1994.
Left Bank Cafe: Buffalo, New York. 24 April, 1994.
Buffalo Poetry, Central Park Grill: Buffalo, New York. April 1993.
Reading Against the War, Poetry and improvisation series, Bates College: Lewiston, Maine. December 1989-June 1991.


"Interpretive Textual Structures." Internet Technologies and Scholarly Resources Conference. Buffalo, NY. 24-25 March 1995.
"Poetics of the Text in Electronic Space." SUNY at Buffalo Graduate Student Conference. Buffalo, NY. 25 March 1995.
"Sounding the Alliterative Body: Mina Loy." Twentieth- Century Literature Conference. Louisville, Kentucky. 23-25 February 1995.
"Writing in the Age of Electronic Production." Presentations of the Future. Albany, New York. 19-21 January 1995.
"Aesthetics of Page and Performance: Contemporary Sound Poetry." Methods Colloqium. Buffalo, NY. ?? November 1992.

Other Professional Activity

Project Director, City Honors Online Writing Program, 1995-present.
Grant Writer, just buffalo literary center, inc., 1995-present.
Assistant Editor, American Anthropologist 1995-present.
Contributing Editor, Buffalo Americanist Digest 1993-present.
Editor, Rif/t: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics 1993-present.
English Graduate Student Association, president 1993-1994.