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



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

My wife Robin and I had spent a November afternoon in the deep woods of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The deciduous trees had had it: leaves gone, bare branches. Under the dense groves of conifers, gloom had settled in. I later told my sister about a hawk that watched us parking the car from its perch on a weathered fence post. Driving home, I had the image in my head of the hawk. It seemed to be asking, “Well, are you going to write about this or what?”

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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