Writer and musician Ken Waldman visits Homer to promote new novel

“I’ve been self-proclaimed ‘The Fiddle Poet of Alaska,'” said the traveling musician and writer, Ken Waldman. “I play the violin, I tell stories, I recite poems, and now I have this novel.”

Waldman has just published a new novel titled “Now Entering Alaskan Time”, and is at Homer to promote the book. “Now Entering Alaska Time” is about his experience of living in Alaska, after more than 30 years. Waldman holds a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has traveled statewide as a teacher and college professor. He lived in Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nome, and various remote locations in the 49th state.

“So it’s fiction,” Waldman said. “The first section is about a guy from Fairbanks who isn’t me. But he has some similarities to me because he plays the violin.

Waldman is quite prolific, he says he wrote over 600 sonnets about former President Donald Trump. He also has over nine albums of old school Appalachian fiddle music.

“It’s my 20th book,” he said. “I have 16 complete poetry books, I have memoirs, I have a creative writing manual, I have a children’s book, but now I also have this novel.”

Technically, Alaska Time was his first book. He started writing the novel in the late 1980s and it took him almost 10 years to complete and almost 30 years to publish..

Waldman visits Homer as part of a months-long tour. It will happen at Pier One Theater this evening. Tomorrow he’ll be heading to River City Books in Soldotna and wrapping up an Alaskan tour along with a few other statewide events. He will continue to tour throughout the Lower 48 and Canada. The Homer event will be full of surprises, he said.

“So that can mean me playing with some of the different people instead of having a big band. So it doesn’t just become a concert, not just a book release, but more of a really wonderful theater.

Waldmen will also play mandolin and violin and book signing tomorrow, May 25, at River City Books in Soldotna from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Irene B. Bowles