About

Born in Albany, NY, Richard Hedderman is a Pushcart-nominated poet, author, and educator.

Richard studied at Le Moyne College and the University of San Francisco where he earned undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Theater.

He taught English at the College St. Francois-Xavier in Vannes, France, and earned a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of New Hampshire.

He is the author of two books of poems, The Discovery of Heaven (2006) published by Parallel Press, and Choosing a Stone (2020), published by Finishing Line Press.

His writing has appeared in dozens of literary publications both in the U.S. and abroad. Several of his poems and essays have been featured on public radio, and he was a guest poet at the Library of Congress with the Poetry at Noon program.

He is in residence at the Milwaukee Public Museum where he coordinates creative writing programming, and directed the Museum’s annual poetry competition.

He lives in Milwaukee with his wife, theater educator and playwright Robin Mello.


The Room Where it Happens


Select Collaborations

  • Library of Congress: Poetry at Noon readings
  • New York State Writers Institute
  • Mayapple Press Woodstock Writers Residency
  • Wisconsin Students Annual Poetry Competition, Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Field Work MKE Poetry Competition, Milwaukee Public Library/Milwaukee Public Museum, funded by Poets House Library and Literary Center, New York
  • Eat Local :: Read Local – Creative Writing Programs of the Departments of English, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee & Madison
  • Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature

Please see the Collaborations page for complete listing.

From “The Last Explorer”

By dawn, I will turn into a spruce
standing at the edge of a snowbound forest
torn by the wind

and cradling an armload of blue needles

About page image credits:

Joan Williamson and Darren Hauck