"Funny and smart"

-- Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books

Trump Sonnets--3 Full-Length Poetry Collections (Yes, The 3rd is NOW OUT!)

You want satire? Yes, we have satire!

You want tough-minded poems? Yes, we have tough-minded poems!

You want answers? (Is there ever an answer?) One answer, maybe, is
to read all three Trump Sonnets books, have yourself some fun, and be
inspired to stay vigilant and do what you can in these perilous times.

Trump Sonnets, Volume 1 (Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, 2017)
Trump Sonnets, Volume 2 (Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, 2018)
Trump Sonnets, Volume 3 (Ridgeway Press, Roseville MI, 2019)

On the right, a sampler video from a July 2, 2017 event at Malvern Books
in Austin, Texas. That was part of a tour for Trump Sonnets, Volume 1.

Late August 2018, Ridgeway Press updated their website. Click that link
to read about the Michigan publisher of these three books.

January 2019, Ken Waldman appeared in New York City, Cambridge MA,
and New Orleans for book release shows, including the latest production
of his full-length theater piece, Donald Trump is My Muse.

Now, with a name change, Trump Sonnets or: How I've Taken on Donald
Trump (and Won)
,  Ken Waldman has taken the show to The Marsh Mainstage
in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 6, for their Risings Series (see poster
below, and further below is a press release).

June 2, he'll be at Jalopy in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and June 14-22, he'll take a
solo version of the show to PortFringe in Portland ME for five performances.

PRESS RELEASE 

ALASKAN FIDDLING POET COMES TO THE MARSH (WITH NEW PLAY, A MUSICIAN FRIEND, AND A MOST UNUSUAL NEW BOOK) 

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 pm, as part of The Marsh's Rising Series, Alaskan Fiddling Poet, Ken Waldman, appears for his first San Francisco appearance in a decade. For the West Coast debut of his new theater piece, TRUMP SONNETS or: How I've Taken on Donald Trump (and Won), Waldman brings Marin County multi-instrumentalist, John Pedersen. Tickets are $15. The Marsh is at 1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco. https://themarsh.org/rising/rising/ or https://themarsh.org/calendar2/ or 415-282-3055 for reservations/tickets. 

Ken Waldman combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his. He has eleven books, nine CDs, and since 1995 has appeared at the widest range of concert series, festivals, and clubs, from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to the Dodge Poetry Festival to the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, Australia. Reviewers have compared his stage show to John Hartford and Garrison Keillor. 

Accompanist, John Pedersen, has played fiddle and clawhammer banjo for contra and square dances throughout Northern California with his band, the Roadoilers. A renowned luthier, he and his wife own and operate Amazing Grace Music in San Anselmo. He's also written two novels. For more about Pedersen and his books: https://www.marinij.com/2009/04/16/fascinating-instruments-in-san-anselmo-shop-inspire-novel/ and https://www.amazon.com/Shaking-Reeds-John-Pedersen/dp/0990754006

The Denver Post has called Ken Waldman's shows "Renegade Americana" and according to The Austin Chronicle, his appearances are "Like a Ken Burns movie . . . Always recommended." Ken Waldman promises music that's not only fun and inspiring—from raucous twin fiddles to original waltzes—but is also a soundtrack to a surprise journey: the writing of three full-length poetry collections about Donald Trump, every poem a sonnet. Ken Waldman may say that a little bit of the current president goes a long way in this setting, but his current project is unlike anything else being written and said; the production is an antidote for anyone exhausted by the president's antics. And for those already incensed, but need a pick-me-up, veteran reviewer, Grace Cavalieri, of the Washington Independent Review of Books, says “Good thing we have the First Amendment or this Dude would be an ex pat. Funny and smart though.” The show is also a West Coast book launch for Waldman's new book, Trump Sonnets, Volume 3. 

Come see and hear an artist who crosses disciplines, takes chances, and remains an engaged citizen.

SHORT VERSION: FIDDLING POET RETURNS TO SF BAY-AREA 

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 pm, as part of The Marsh's Rising Series, Ken Waldman, Alaskan Fiddling Poet, appears for his first San Francisco appearance in a decade. Ken brings multi-instrumentalist John Pedersen for a book launch and the West Coast debut of his show TRUMP SONNETS or: How I've Taken on Donald Trump (and Won), Tickets are $15. The Marsh is at 1042 Valencia Street, San Francisco. https://themarsh.org/rising/rising/ or https://themarsh.org/calendar2/ or 415-282-3055 for reservations/tickets. www.kenwaldman.com (and www.trumpsonnets.com for the extent of the project).