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 “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.


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.


New Poem will appear in Pinyon

“The Modern City”, a new poem, will soon be published in the 2021 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.

Poem of the Month

In ecology, those marginal zones where two ecosystems meet is often a staging ground for dynamic interactions between species. Here, disparate species sideswipe each other in breathtaking collisions. Similarly, “Evening Drive” explores the frisson along the transition areas of time and light that so often nudge us into questioning where we’re going, and whether it matters that we arrive where expected.

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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