Alaskan Fiddle Poet Ken Waldman is set to begin two week-long residencies with Baldwin County fourth graders. From February 26 – March 2, Waldman will work with Midway Hills fourth graders. From March 12 – 16, he will work with Lakeview Academy students. His literacy residencies will include workshops and programs for teachers. The Midway Hills Academy residency will end with a performance at Allen’s Market. Waldman will perform his own works, as well as poems composed by students during the week. There is no admission cost for this free community event, and parents are encouraged to bring children.
Ken Waldman is a former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing. His unique residencies and performances combine his love of literature and music. Waldman has written eight full-length poetry collections, a memoir of his life as a touring artist, a volume of acrostic poems for children, and has recorded nine CDs of Appalachian-style string band music. Waldman has traveled the country and taught at 220 colleges, city schools, remote villages, and teacher workshops in thirty-three states.
During his school residencies, Waldman focuses on poetry and other genres of literature. His writing residencies also incorporate lessons in geography, math, critical thinking, and of course, music. Waldman uses his fiddle to keep the attention of young students and to enhance to beauty of the written word. Students love attending his entertaining classes, and come out knowing something they didn’t know about literature and music.
Ken Waldman’s performance at Allen’s Market will be at 7:30 on March 2. Doors will open at 7:00. There are no tickets for this free community performance. Call Allied Arts at (478) 452 – 3950 with questions, or visit www.MilledgevilleAlliedArts.com.