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.


"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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