Richard Hedderman

Richard Hedderman

Pushcart-nominated poet, writer, essayist, and educator

Author of the books Choosing a Stone (Finishing Line Press, 2020), and Discovery of Heaven (Parallel Press, 2006)

His work is featured in numerous national and international publications

A traveler who has lived in many places, Richard is currently based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Three Poems published on the Across the Margin Website

Thanks to Across the Margin, who published three of Richard’s poems on August 24th: “Interlude,” “Still Life With Work Boots,” and “Thorn. The Across the Margin website is a creative, artistic home for writers and wordsmiths.

In addition, much gratitude to writer Tabatha Yeatts, who read those poems and included “Reading Yourself to Sleep” in her outstanding blog on August 26th. Thanks, Tabatha!


New “Lake Effect” Poem and Chat

On Tuesday, June 22nd, Richard had the pleasure of again chatting with WUWM’s Audrey Nowakowski and reading his poem “Fragile”, about the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Rain Forest exhibit, during the Lake Effect” radio program’s Poetry Break.


“Animals” has been published in the American Journal of Poetry

A new poem, “Animals”, can now be found online in The American Journal of Poetry.


New Poem in Pinyon

“The Modern City”, a new poem, has just been published in the current print issue of Pinyon, a national journal of poetry, prose, and art published at Colorado Mesa University.

Pushcart Prize Nomination Announced

Richard has received his third Pushcart Prize nomination. Awarded annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, the Pushcart Prize is widely considered among the most influential projects in American publishing.


Richard’s Latest Book: Choosing a Stone (2020).

Choosing a Stone is a hymn, my hymn, a canticle to this planet – our home base – and everything I know about the living, the non-human, and the abiotic forces that shape our common history here. For me, each poem in the book is a cairn, a stack of weather-worn rocks marking a path through an interior landscape, and across the dark plain of human mystery to a place of infinite revelation and surprise.

Order it at Amazon or Finishing Line Press.

Feeling grateful to novelist John Galligan for his recent endorsement of the book: “Fantastic work. Deep and rich and polished. I’m savoring the poems one at a time, that’s how good they are.”

Poem of the Month

Halloween last year was gusty, and the trees shuddered and bowed in heavy wind. The moon was full – or nearly so – and it was likely my imagination, but it seemed uniquely spectral as it crept through webs of black branches as if it had gotten away with something. I figured the image deserved a poem, which I originally titled, “Halloween.” Upon reflection, however, I concluded that “All Souls” instead invests the poem with a rather deliciously unsettling frisson d’automne.

Poems of the Month are archived on the Poetry page.

Richard’s poems have been featured in

Learn more on the Publications page

From “The Discovery of Heaven”

Then heaven became a place

to lie down in for an hour,
with the long summer sun on our faces,

amid the drone of bees in a tended garden,
and above us the vitreous savannas of cloud.

Photo of Richard by Darren Hauck

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