An Afternoon with Ken Waldman

July 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Alaskan Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman, who will share poems from his recent collection, Trump Sonnets: Volume One, and play the fiddle with accompanists.

November 9, 2016, incredulous at Donald Trump’s victory, Ken Waldman, scribbled: “You make George W. seem a statesman—your opening trick,” which he made into the first line and a half of a sonnet. A week later, Waldman wrote two more Trump-inspired sonnets. He ended up processing Donald Trump’s unlikely rise to power by writing 71 sonnets in the first 50 days after the 2016 presidential election. 41 were in the voice of Donald Trump; the other 30 were addressed to him. The result: an ambitious, satirical look at current events.

Ken Waldman has six previous poetry collections, a memoir, a kids’ book, and nine CDs that combine original poetry with Appalachian-style string-band music and Alaska-set storytelling. Since 1995 he’s been a full-time touring artist, appearing in a wide range of venues for a wide
range of audiences.

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