Ken Waldman: Alaska's Fiddling Poet
Saturday, September 14
March 2, 1996, Ken Waldman survived a plane crash on a flight from Brevig Mission to Nome, which makes for a good story.
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.
He has released nine CDs of old-time Appalachian-style string-band music which include two for children. His eleven books consist of nine full-length poetry collections, a memoir about his life as a touring artist, and a volume of acrostic poems for kids.