Ken Waldman

Poet, Fiction Writer

Anchorage, AK
Alaska US

Author's Bio

Ken Waldman combines old-time Appalachian-style fiddling, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his. He has sixteen full-length poetry collections, a memoir about his life as a touring artist, a kids' book, a creative writing manual, a novel, and twelve CDs. Since 1995, he has appeared at all manner of reading series, and has been a headliner at numerous concert series, performing arts series, festivals, and clubs. He's also been a visiting artist at over 250 schools in 35 states. In addition to leading writing workshops, he leads workshops on how to live a more creative life. "Like a Ken Burns movie . . . Always recommended" --Austin Chronicle. One of his current project is a series of books about Donald Trump, all published by Ridgeway Press. See for more information.

Publications & Prizes


Crosscurrents North (University of Alaska Press, 2008)
100 Poets Against the War (Salt Books, 2003)
Sports Page (Lamar University Literary Press, 2020)
Trump Sonnets, Volume 3 (Ridgeway Press, 2019)
And Shadow Remained (Pavement Saw Press, 2006)
As the World Burns (Ridgeway Press, 2006)
Conditions and Cures (Steel Toe Books, 2006)
The Secret Visitor's Guide (Wings Press, 2006)
To Live On This Earth (West End Press, 2002)
Nome Poems (West End Press, 2000)
Prizes won: 

6 Pushcart Prize nominations. Fellowship from Virginia Center for Creative Arts. 4 Puffin Foundation grants.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Paddy on the Hardwood by Rus Bradburd, Notions: A Jim Clark Miscellany by Jim Clark, Vertebrae Rosaries: 50 Sonnets by Philip Dacey, A Brief History of Time by Shaindel Beers

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Born in: 
Philadelphia, PA
Raised in: 
Philadelphia, PA
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Last update: May 31, 2023