Ken Waldman, Vita



M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, May 1988. 

B.A., Management Sciences, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, May 1977. 


Professional Experience and Employment:


Freelance writer, teacher, musician, artist, performer, 1992-2023.

Assistant Professor of English, Nome Campus, University of Alaska, 1990-1992.

Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Sitka Campus, University of Alaska, 1989-1990. 


Writing, Publications, Readings, Performances 1986-2023:


Sixteen poetry collections, one memoir, a hybrid book, a novel with national distribution from known publishers:


Now Entering Alaska Time, novel, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, October 2023 (North American edition)

Now Entering Alaska Time, novel,, Kalindipuram, Allahabad, INDIA, June 2022.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 8, poetry collection, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, September 2021.

Leftovers and Gravy, poetry collection,, Kalindipuram, Allahabad, INDIA, February, 2021.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 7, poetry collection, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, January 2021.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 6, poetry collection, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, January 2021.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 5, poetry collection, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, January 2021.

The Writing Party, hybrid book/creative writing manual, Mezcalita Press, Wimberley TX, June 2020.

Sports Page, poetry collection, Lamar University Literary Press, Beaumont TX, May 2020.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 4, poetry collection, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, April 2020.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 3, poetry collection, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, January 2019.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 2, poetry collection Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, January 2018.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 1, poetry collection, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, 2017.

Are You Famous?, non-fiction book, Catalyst Book Press, San Bruno CA, 2008.

As the World Burns, poetry collection, Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, 2006.

Conditions and Cures, poetry collection, Steel Toe Books, Bowling Green KY, 2006.

And Shadow Remained, poetry collection, Pavement Saw Press, Columbus OH, 2006.

The Secret Visitor’s Guide, poetry collection, Wings Press, San Antonio TX, 2006.

To Live on this Earth, poetry collection, West End Press, Albuquerque NM, 2002.

Nome Poems, poetry collection, West End Press, Albuquerque, NM, 2000.




12 stories and over 400 poems in national literary magazines—selected journals listed.

Over 950 readings and performances in over 250 communities—selected events listed.

Founded Nomadic Press, publisher of 26 chapbooks, a children’s book (distributed by University of Alaska Press and University of Chicago Press), a poetry collection, two audiotapes, 12 CDs.

With Barton College writer-in-residence, Jim Clark, established Writers Who Play—produced eight concerts at annual AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) conference; at 2008 New York City conference and 2009 Chicago conference was an official contributing sponsor.


Professional Awards:


Writing residency, Dear Butte, Butte MT, January 2022

Writing residency, The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, Eureka Springs, AR, May 2021.

Puffin Foundation Artist’s Grant: February 2020, February 2009, February 2007, February 2004, February 1997.

One Pushcart Prize nomination in poetry in 2020, three in poetry in 2006, one in poetry in 1998, one in fiction in 1997.

Artist Fellowship, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Mt. San Angelo VA, December 2001.

Four Career Opportunity Grant, Alaska State Council on the Arts, September 2004, September 2000, October 1996, March 1995.

Two Arts in Education Grants, Alaska State Council on the Arts, March 1998, January 1995.

Kittredge Foundation Artist’s Grant, April 1996.

Individual Artist Grant, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, October 1995.




Composition, Developmental, Creative Writing, and Literature (including introductory Literature and Native American Literature) classes at University of Alaska campuses in Fairbanks, Sitka, and Nome, 1985-1992.

Writing workshops in various college, university, and community settings, including over 240 schools in 34 states, 1995-2023.


Selected Literary Publications:


Fiction in Laurel Review, Gargoyle, Permafrost, The MacGuffin, others; non-fiction in Poets & Writers magazine, others.

Poetry in Arts and Letters, Beloit Poetry Journal, Chariton Review, Flyway, Manoa, Massachusetts Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, South Dakota Review, Tar River Poetry, Yankee, others.

Poems anthologized in A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford; Villanelles (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets); Sestinas: 21st Century Obsessions (UPNE Press); Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment (University of Alaska Press).


Selected Appearances as Featured Writer/Teacher: 


Selected literary organizations:


Dodge Poetry Festival, Border Voices Poetry Fair (2004 co-headlined with Adrienne Rich, Robert Creeley, Sandra Cisneros; 2006 co-headlined with Sharon Olds, Luis Rodriguez and Dana Gioia), Bumbershoot—the Seattle Arts Festival, Florida Suncoast Writers’ Conference, International Poetry Forum, Just Buffalo Literary Center, The Loft Literary Center, The Writers’ Center of Bethesda, Wisconsin Book Festival, South Dakota Festival of Books, Lighthouse Writers, Utah Humanities Book Festival.


Selected colleges and universities:


Albion College, Knox College, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Plattsburgh, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Southeast Missouri State University, College of Wooster, Muskingum College, University of Nebraska Omaha, Barton College, Florida Southern College, Mercer University, Western Kentucky University, Iowa State University, University of Alabama Birmingham, University of Southern Maine, Murray State University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Whittier College, Suffolk University, Lamar University, Truman State University, Valdosta State University.


Selected Appearances as Fiddler/Poet/Storyteller:


Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (Washington DC) , Western Folklife Center Center (Elko NV), The Ark (Ann Arbor MI), Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis MN), SIUE Arts & Issues (Edwardsville IL), Freight & Salvage (Berkeley CA), Lakewood Cultural Center (Lakewood CO), Cal Poly Arts (San Luis Obispo CA), Paramount Arts Center (Ashland KY), Woodford Folk Festival (Woodford, QLD, AUSTRALIA), plus numerous print and radio interviews—some syndicated nationally—and occasional TV appearances.


Presentations, Panels, and Community Service:


3 Workshops at Cochise College Writers' Celebration, 2017

Panel at Wisconsin Book Festival, 2008.

2 Panels, Border Voices Poetry Fair, 2004, 2006.

5 Workshops at Florida Suncoast Writers’ Conference, 2004, 2006.

3 Panels, AWP conference, 2003, 1999, 1998.

Judge for Blanchan/Doubleday Awards, 2014; judge for Nicholson Political Poetry Prize, 2010; judge for South Carolina Poetry Fellowship, 2003.

Dozens of writing workshops in Anchorage, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, and more, 1989-2023.



Jim Clark (Emeritus Writer-in-Residence)           
Barton College, P.O. Box 5000            
now at 4706 Quaker Road
Wilson NC 27893       

Mike Shay (Emeritus, WYO Arts Council)
5117 Townsend Place
Cheyenne WY 82009

Jane Varley, Professor, English Department       
Muskingum College           
163 Stormont Street          
New Concord, OH 43762           

Robert Cooperman, poet, writer, former Colorado book award winner
2061 S. Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80210


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Ken Waldman
3705 Arctic #1551
Anchorage AK 99503