Alaska's Fiddling Poet

His nine CDs of old-time Appalachian-style string-band music include two for children.

His ten books consist of eight full-length poetry collections, a memoir about his life as a touring artist, and a volume
of acrostic poems for kids.

A former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, he's been a visiting writer at nearly 100 colleges and universities,
a visiting artist at over 230 schools in 33 states, and has led workshops from Alaska to Maine.

As a performer, he's played from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to Berkeley's Freight and Salvage, occasionally
as a soloist, more often as leader of one of his ever-changing troupes of nationally recognized musicians.

Here's more about the music, the writing, the children's programs, and how they're all coming together under the broader
umbrella of Nomadic Productions.

Recent highlights? Here's his essay in the Sept./Oct. 2015 issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

December 27, 2015 -January 1, 2016, Ken played the amazing Woodford Folk Festival in Australia.

March 1, 2017, Ridgeway Press of Roseville, Michigan released Ken's seventh full-length poetry collection. And January
2018, they released his eighth, which is a sequel. January 2019, they'll be releasing his ninth, the third in the series.

Below, a pair of  8 1/2-minute video samplers featuring eight acts from his 2016 and 2017 Manhattan to Moose Pass roots
music variety shows, an evening he produces annually in conjunction with January's APAP conference in NYC. In the middle,
Ken Waldman with Riley Baugus--more about those two over here.


What's the latest? Here are links to three videos from the 2018 variety show. First, eight (or nine) versions of the fiddle tune,
Greasy Coat
, which opened the show. Next, the 8 1/2-minute video sampler. Then, Ken Waldman's own showcase set. The
evening features the kinds of accompanists Ken Waldman brings on tour. Want even more video? Right here, here, or here.
 

"He brings his instruments, a few fellow musicians, and his poems about surviving a plane crash (locals once called him
"a walking dead man"), watching grizzlies feed in a garbage dump, and other adventures in the forty-ninth state."
   The New Yorker

". . . might tempt you to plan a road trip with a journal under one arm and a fiddle under the other."
   Boston Globe

“Like a Ken Burns movie . . . Always recommended.”
   Austin Chronicle

“Picture William Carlos Williams behind a dogsled. Walt Whitman jamming with the Carter Family.”
   The State, Columbia SC



 

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