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 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.

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.

Highlights from the past twelve months? Here's his essay in the Sept./Oct. 2015 issue of Poets & Writers magazine. Below,
an 8-minute video sampler featuring eight acts from this year's Manhattan to Moose Pass roots music variety show, an annual 
evening he produces in conjunction with January's APAP conference in New York City. More video? Right here, here, or here
(or take one minute to catch the second video down, where he's with Austin musicians Jerry Hagins and Beth Chrisman at
Sam Houston State University back in October, 2014).

A last highlight? Click this link, then scroll down to "folk tradition." Ken played the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia. It was amazing.


"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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