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


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

Registration opens January 12, 2021

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

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

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” to be published in Anglers Journal

More information coming soon.

Poem of the Month

The people who live in the apartment building across the street from us don’t have kids, they have dogs. Every one of them. Many have two. So, we witness a good deal of dog-walking. It might be my imagination, but since the pandemic hit, these people seem to be walking their pets with an air of profound demoralization, listlessness, and resignation. And the dogs themselves, it seems to me, are looking a little like they can’t figure out what’s up, but maybe they even like that a little. Their masters’ existential chagrin might be even a bit liberating.

Richard’s poems have been featured in

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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.

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Richard Hedderman

7339 St. James Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213


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