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Professor Steve McCaffery
Director of Poetics, 2004-08,
and David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters

Professor Myung Mi Kim
Director of Poetics 2008-11

Distinguished Professor Dennis Tedlock
James H. McNulty Chair of English



Barbara Tedlock
Psychological and cognitive anthropology, Anthropology of art and aesthetics, Ethnomedicine, Shamanism; American southwest and mesoamerica


Neil Coffee
Latin imperial literature and culture; Classical rhetoric and poetics

Martha Malamud
Latin epic; imperial and late antique literature

Comparative Literature

Henry Sussman, Julian Park Professor of
Comparative Literature
Critical Theory

Kryzystof Ziarek


Dimitri Anastasopoulos

Stacy Hubbard
Modernism, Feminist Studies, American Literature, Poetry and Poetics

Joseph Conte
Poetry, Postmodernism

Tim Dean
Psychoanalysis, Queer Theory, Poetry

Ming Qian Ma
American literature, poetry and poetics

Cristanne Miller
Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American Poetry, Feminist Studies

Christina Milletti
Fiction, Contemporary American Fiction, 20th Century Novel

Neil Schmitz
19th-century and Modern American Literature

Scott Stevens
Renaissance/Early Modern British Literature, American Indian Studies


Michael Basinski, Curator of the Poetry Collection

Media Studies

Sarah Bay-Cheng
Avant-garde Theatre and Film, Modernist Literature and Performance, Sexuality in modern drama, and Queer Performance

Tony Conrad
"Film"-making, Community Video, Video Documentation, Interventionist Video, Web Video

Loss Pequeño Glazier
Director of EPC, Visual and Kinetic Text, Digital Writing in networked and programmable media

Mark Shepard
Architecture and New Media, Locative Media

Trebor Scholz
Media Art, Culture, (online) Collaboration, Web-based community art


Jeff Stadelman
Music composition and contemporary music

Romance Languages

Justin Read
Latin American avant-garde, Aesthetics and Politics, Aesthetics and Political Economics

Jorge Guitart
Linguistics, Poetry and poetics, Semiotics

Jean Jacques Tomas, Melodia E. Jones Chair


Dennis Tedlock
Distinguished Professor, McNulty Chair in the Poetics Program, Research Professor of Anthropology
Office: 540 Clemens
Phone number: 645-3422
E-mail address:

My research interests center on the indigenous languages, verbal arts, writing systems, and religions of the Western Hemisphere. I’ve done field research among the Koasati of Louisiana, the Zuni of New Mexico, the indigenous Hawaiians of Kaua?i, the Mopán Maya of Belize, and the K’iche’ Maya of Guatemala.

Courses taught:
• Books of the Ancient Mayas
• Mythography
• Ethnopoetics
• Poetics of the Americas

Work in progress:
• 2000 Years of Mayan Literature

Selected publications:
• Breath on the Mirror: Mythic Voices & Visions of the Living Maya
• Days from a Dream Almanac
• Finding the Center: The Art of the Zuni Storyteller
• Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life
• Rabinal Achi: A Mayan Drama of War and Sacrifice
• Teachings from the American Earth: Indian Religion and Philosophy (with Barbara Tedlock)
• The Spoken Word and the Work of Interpretation

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


The Poetics Program at Buffalo
306 Clemens • Buffalo, NY 14260
716.645.2575 x1015

University at Buffalo
College of Arts and Sciences
English Department