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


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. According to Ms. Neese, 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.



On Thursday, November 4th, Richard again had the privilege of chatting with Audrey Nowakowski during a Poetry Break on WUWM’s “Lake Effect” radio program, and reading poems about the Milwaukee Public Museum’s mummy and about King Tut.


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!


“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

Writing “January 2nd,” I couldn’t help thinking of James Wright’s wrenching poem, “Having Lost My Sons, I Confront the Wreckage of the Moon, Christmas 1960.” Poets have been writing about the moon since the dawn of poetry, and aren’t likely to stop anytime soon. Even as the dark chisels away at it, it still restores and consoles us – a steadfast companion plugging us full of hope, and invariably reminding us that there is still a recurring certainty in the cosmic order. Happy New Year!

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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