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Fiddlin’ poet visits Eagle County students

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

EDWARDS, Colorado – Through his round spectacles, Author and Poet Ken Waldman sees crystal clear into the wonderful world of poetry and Eagle County Schools’ students were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to share that perspective with him recently.

During the week of Oct. 18, Eagle County Schools and the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s “Supporting The Art’s Reaching Students” program co-hosted Alaskan “fiddlin’ poet” Ken Waldman. Over the course of three days, Waldman visited Eagle Valley High School, Gypsum Creek Middle School, Berry Creek Middle School, Eagle Valley Middle School and Minturn Middle School and performed two shows at the Vilar Performing Arts Center for 800 elementary school students.

Additionally, Eagle Valley High School students in Walt Knight’s Advanced Placement literature and composition class and Sam Bartlett’s AP creative writing class had the opportunity to work up close and personal with the famous poet.

“One of the most difficult things about teaching poetry is to convince the students that poetry isn’t always full of rules or has to be particularly “heavy,” Knight said in a press release. “Ken provided a laid back, informative example of just how much fun there can be in poetry and evidence of how a poet’s voice can be heard through their choice of words and use of syntax.”

Through the STARS education program, over 5,000 local students have the opportunity to experience live performing arts each year. Beyond the curriculum tie-ins to English, reading, science, and math, the program helps students develop an appreciation for the performing arts and theater etiquette.

“Ken Waldman truly is one of a kind,” said Martha Brassel, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “He has an original and unique style that actively engaged the students and encouraged them to tap into their creativity and critical thinking skills.”

For more information on STARS, contact Martha Brassel at or 970-748-6652.

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