Alaska's Fiddling Poet

His nine CDs of old-time Appalachian-style string-band music include two for children.

His eight books consist of six full-length poetry collections, a memoir about his life as a touring artist,
and a volume of acrostic poems for kids.

A former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, he's been a visiting writer at over 80 colleges and universities,
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.

Here's more about the music, the writing, the children's programs, and how they're all coming together under the broader
umbrella of Nomadic Productions. Below, a one-minute video and then a few quotes. More video? Right here, here, or here.

"He brings his instruments, a few fellow musicians, and his poems about surviving a plane crash (locals once called him
"a walking dead man"), watching grizzlies feed in a garbage dump, and other adventures in the forty-ninth state."
   The New Yorker

". . . might tempt you to plan a road trip with a journal under one arm and a fiddle under the other."
   Boston Globe

“He's been compared to Garrison Keillor, and the comparison fits.”
   Times of Acadiana, Lafayette LA

“Like a Ken Burns movie . . . Always recommended.”
   Austin Chronicle

“Picture William Carlos Williams behind a dogsled. Walt Whitman jamming with the Carter Family.”
   The State, Columbia SC

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