John Kryder

Adjunct Professor

B.A., Kenyon College
M.Ed., SUNY at Buffalo

CT 904

John Kryder’s interests in poetry, interdisciplinary studies, and prison education are among those that drive his reading and writing and teaching. He co-founded and for 18 years co-directed The Buffalo/Williamsville Poetry, Music, Dance, and Art Celebration, and for 10 years he was a contributing editor for The Potomac Journal of Poetry and Politics. His poems have been set to music by high school, college, and professional musicians – including “Hymn for Spring” (Albany Records) and “O Stable Star”(Jubal Press), composed by Stephen Shewan. 

He taught at Attica/Wyoming prison in the Consortium of the Niagara Frontier, and his involvement in prisoner advocacy groups motivates and informs his academic work. He teaches Freshmen English and Honors seminars, and the Law and Literature and Journey in American Literature courses.


  • Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award, April 2020
  • National Winner, College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, 2011
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Award for Excellence in Music Education, 2006
  • New York State Council of English Award for Excellence, 2003
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in African Literature, 1993



  • On Friendship, 2021
  • “Discovering the Inclusive Art of Poetry,” English Journal, September 2006
  • Chapbook published by webdelsol, 2005 
  • Poetry published by The Del Sol Review, The Potomac, The Alembic, The Buffalo News