Richard Hedderman

Richard Hedderman

Multi-Pushcart Prize 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

A Poem for Ukraine

I’d been working on this poem for some time – since last summer at least – and getting nowhere with it. When I learned recently that the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, all at once the poem found its purpose. I offer it now as a gesture of solidarity with the nation and people of Ukraine.

News

Pop Up Poetry at Milwaukee Public Museum

On June 10th and 11th Richard lead the first Pop-Up Poetry event in the history of the Milwaukee Public Museum. Visitors were invited to compose an original poem inspired by MPM’s Rain Forest gallery, then work with Richard to craft their poem and take home a printed copy. Over the two-day event, several museum visitors wrote original poems celebrating world rain forests and biodiversity, contributing to the success of the program. The next Pop-Up Poetry event will be scheduled at MPM this fall.

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Clerestory Magazine

Clerestory Magazine recently reprinted two of Richard’s poems from Choosing a Stone, “Bliss,” and “Basque Cooking” for their issue featuring creative writing about food. Clerestory “provides space for writers, artists, community leaders, and activists to engage subjects at the intersection of action and contemplation, bridging the gap between inner and outer work.”

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New “Lake Effect” Interview/poetry reading

Richard was once again welcomed by Audrey Nowakowski to WUWM’s “Lake Effect” program on April 14th. This new poetry broadcast honored 414 Day (Milwaukee’s area code). He read his poem “Streets of Old Milwaukee,” and discussed MPM’s gallery of the same name as well as conditions in Milwaukee during WWI.

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Recent Reading

Richard was a featured poet at the launch of DeWitt Clinton’s newest book of poems, Hello There on March 20th. The Shepherd Express recently published a fine article about Dewitt and the new book.

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Banyan Review Poets Interval

Richard is honored to have his work included in The Banyan Review’s current Poets Interval series. Many thanks to  editor Tayve Neese for featuring two poems. The goal of this program is to feature poets, artists, thinkers, and essayists between published issues as a way to showcase exceptional writers and their work.

Flint HIlls Review

Flint Hills Review has selected three of Richard’s new poems for publication. Many thanks go to Managing Editor, Amy Sage Webb. The poems will appear in the upcoming 2022 issue, due for release in early summer. FHR is a publication of the Donald Reichardt Center for Publishing & Literary Arts at Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

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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.

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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

I grill year round but, of course, summer is grilling’s true season. And I mostly stick with charcoal. It’s elemental, it’s authentic. Its foundational characteristics are fire, air, and coals bearing the deep, spectral luminosity of a solar flare. Too, you get to play with matches. What’s not to like? There persists a lively debate over the Buddha’s dietary predilection. Was he vegetarian – or perhaps even vegan? Here, I compromise a bit and allow him the delights of the pescavore. 

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

Get in touch

Richard Hedderman

414.476.0421

rheddermanpoetry@gmail.com

Joan Williamson, Literary Agent: joan.williamson789@gmail.com

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Photo of Richard by Darren Hauck