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


New Interview and Poetry reading on WUWM’s Lake Effect Program

Richard’s recent interview with Audrey Nowakowski, which included readings of two museum-themed poems, aired on the radio station’s “Lake Effect” program on February 25th. Click on the link to listen to the full interview, plus find poems from Choosing a Stone that appeared on the show on other days.


Wisconsin Poetry COLLECTION

Richard’s poetry books Choosing a Stone and The Discovery of Heaven have been selected for inclusion in the Wisconsin Poetry Collection at the Milwaukee Public Library. This unique reference collection reflects the contributions of Wisconsin poets to the state’s celebrated literary heritage through their published works, which will be housed at the Library in perpetuity.


March 18, 2021 Writing Workshop
“The Words Choose You: Poetry Demystified”

Hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UW-Milwaukee, this online interactive writing workshop focuses on silencing the internal critic and opening the creative imagination. It is designed to demystify poetry – bringing the poet’s essential tools (diversity, language, poetic architecture, and metaphor) into practice.

Thursday, Mar 18, 2021; 12:30 to 1:45pm CT

Click here to register


“No Man’s Land” is in the current issue of Mobius

A new poem “No Man’s Land” was just published in the Winter 2020 (Volume 31, Number 4) of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.

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.


Announcing the publication of 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.


“Praise for My Oyster Knife” was published in the winter 2021 issue of Anglers Journal

Poem of the Month

A somewhat autobiographical poem, I wrote it very quickly, truly drafting it in less than ten minutes. So I must have been doing some pre-conscious work on it. The pain in my neck is real—and it’s the right side. It’d been bothering me since the pandemic blew up, and felt like it was going on endlessly. We do have a basement pantry we call the “root cellar,” stocked with my wife’s preserves. I also had in mind a cupboard under the cellar stairs at my aunt’s house. As a kid, I remember the decades-old liquor bottles I found there, covered with dust. Everything else in the poem just filled itself in basically while I sat back and watched.

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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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Richard Hedderman

7339 St. James Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213


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