The Alaska Writers Directory

Ken Waldman

Where: Anchorage
Genre(s): Fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, children's litearture, spoken word, essays, music
Job(s): Touring artist: writer/musician/performer


Favorite Places in Alaska:
I moved to Fairbanks in 1985, and have always considered it my Alaska home, though since 1988 have lived in Juneau, Sitka, Nome, Juneau again, and Anchorage.

A 25-year Alaska resident, Ken Waldman has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been an assistant professor at University of Alaska campuses in Sitka and Nome. He has six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a children's book, and nine CDs that combine Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry and Alaska-set storytelling. He's been a visiting writer at over 80 colleges and universities. Touring as Alaska's Fiddling Poet, he's visited over 200 schools in 31 states, and plays a wide variety of concert series, performing arts series, and festivals.


  • D is for Dog Team (children's poetry), Nomadic Press (distributed by U. of Alaska Press), 2009 (2010).
  • Are You Famous? (nonfiction), Catalyst Book Press, 2008
  • As the World Burns (poetry), Ridgeway Press, 2006
  • Conditions and Cures (poetry), Steel Toe Books, 2006
  • And Shadow Remained (poetry), Pavement Saw Press, 2006
  • The Secret Vistor's Guide (poetry), Wings Press, 2006
  • To Live on This Earth (poetry), West End Press, 2002
  • Nome Poems (poetry), West End Press, 2000

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Please contact me for readings, workshops, classes, lectures, editorial services, manuscript consultation. Because I play music, I can do literary work in performing arts series and concert settings
I work with any audience.
Special Interests:
In addition to leading writing workshops, I particularly enjoy working with artists of any discipline who are in the process of making their work more public.

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Listing last updated: May, 2011

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