David Saffo

Associate Professor of English
224 Wynn Humanities & Fine Arts Center
(205) 366-8813


Dr. David Saffo was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1971. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from The University of Maine and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and British Literature from The University of Louisiana, Lafayette, in 2004. He taught at Chipola College and The University of Alabama before coming to Stillman College in 2012. He is currently an Associate Professor of English.

Research Interests

Modern and Postmodern poetry and poetics
Theater of the Absurd
British Romanticism


  • “A Tyger,” “Life Raft,” “My Wife Reminds Me of a Turtle,” “Sometimes I forget where my toothbrush goes,” H_NGM_N #10 (2010).
  • “Charles Olson, Antonio Damasio, and Ontic Immediacy: A Phenomenological Interpretation of poem-in-the-world,” H_NGM_N #7 (2007).
  • “Charles Olson, Martin Heidegger, and Ontic Immediacy: A Phenomenological Interpretation of poem-in-the-world,” H_NGM_N #4 (2005).
  • Featured Poet: Statement of Poetics & 7 poems, H_NGM_N #3 (2005).
  • “Paltrow,” Fell Swoop, The All Bohemian Review, Eye Chart Issue #67.1 (2004).
  • “a token recollection (should seem out of place by now 11/6/03,” Southwestern Review (2004).
  • “R H Y T H M I C A P P E R C E P T I O N,” Southwestern Review (2002).
  • “Long Walks on the Breach,” Other Sticky Valentines (2002).
  • “Gerbil Power,” Monroe, Connecticut Haiku,” “Losing Touch,” H_NGM_N #1 (2001).
  • afraid of my name, chapbook (2001).
  • “Life Raft,” Southwestern Review (2001).
  • “Life Rafts,” Southwestern Review (2000).
  • “Half the Answer,” Maine Review (1996).
  • “Someone is Waiting,” “Untitled,” “Humanity Shown,” Maine Review (1994).


Ph.D., English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, December 2004.
Major field of interest: British literature, 1790-1900.
Concentration: Creative Writing
Minor fields: American literature, early and twentieth century; twentieth-century British/Irish and American drama.
Dissertation: “Charles Olson and Ontic Immediacy, a Phenomenological Interpretation of poem-in-the-world”

M.A., English, University of Maine
, Orono, ME, May 1999.
M.A. thesis: “Go on the paper”

B.A., English, University of Maine
, Orono, ME, May 1997.

Courses Currently Taught

ENG 131 English Composition I
ENG 132 English Composition II
ENG 236 Survey of English Literature I
ENG 237 Survey of English Literature II