From Jefferson County to Juneau
Date(s) & Time(s)::
June 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Location: Depauville Free Library, 32333 County Route 179, Depauville, NY 13632
When Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, comes to Depauville Free Library on Wednesday, June 18, for a writing workshop beginning at 5pm and a reading/performance starting at 6pm, it will mark Waldman's first ever Jefferson County appearance.Return to event list.
Both events are free and open to writers of all levels and experience.
Picture William Carlos Williams behind a dogsled. Walt Whitman jamming with the Carter Family. Reviews of Ken Waldman's performances are full of similar words of high praise.
Waldman has been touring nationally since 1995, as a visiting writer at over 80 colleges and universities, and as a visiting artist at over 200 schools in 32 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.
Waldman’s performance combines old-time Appalachian-style fiddling, poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a show uniquely his. His live performance has a “Feel like a Ken Burns movie,” wrote Ric Williams of the Austin Chronicle. Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express Weekly termed Waldman, “A one-man Prairie Home Companion,” and The Denver Post has called Waldman's mix of music and words, “Renegade Americana.”
The writing workshop is entitled Four Writing Prompts: the beginning of four new stories or poems.
“The more you write,” says Waldman, “the luckier you get--and each time you start a piece, there's an opportunity to get luckier than ever. The trick is getting started.” During the workshop writers will not only begin four new pieces, but will learn strategies to begin many more.
In addition to being a fiddler (with nine CDs), the 28-year Alaska resident is a former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing and the author of eight books. He has six full-length poetry collections, a memoir (about his life as a touring artist), a children's book, and over 400 of his stories and poems have appeared in such journals as Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Quarterly West.
Waldman's show appeals to anyone who enjoys traditional Appalachian-style fiddling, smart poetry, acclaimed storytelling, or Alaska. For those who enjoy artists who mix disciplines, Waldman is an artist to seek out. Start the evening in Jefferson County, then journey with Ken Waldman to Juneau and back.
The two events are co-sponsored by Depauville Library and Poets & Writers, a New York City literary arts organization. For more information about the workshop or the reading, call the library at 686-3299.
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