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Richard Fenton Sederstrom

Author's Bio

"By choice and necessity, I lead an eremitic life. I have not been educated in what is called 'creative writing.' I do not deserve to display the credentials of the MFA, and so I cannot be regarded as a professional poet. I like it that way. It is possible that I make many mistakes. I am inclined to allow the beginnings of my poems to wander in prosy fashion and let rhythm take over when it has a mind to. Still, my mistakes are my own. But if anything I say is worth saying, the worth is my own too. I'd like to think that those who look at the poems may gain from my mistakes and venture their own. We may learn together and enjoy together the adventure of making language and sharing it." Sederstrom's unconsionably delayed first book, Fall Pictures on an Abandoned Road, was released in 2009. Disordinary Light came out in 2010, Folly, A Book of Last Summers appeared in 2011. A fourth book, Eumaeus Tends, was published this summer (2014). His poetry has appeared in Avocet, The Talking Stick, English Journal, Plainsongs, Big Muddy, Mother Earth Journal, The Blue Guitar, Memoir (and), and Ruminate among other journals and magazines. Anyone who wants to read for free-- and who can blame you?--can find me these days at theblueguitarmagazine.org and dissentingvoice.org

Publications and Prizes

2 River Review, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, Big Muddy, English Journal, Friends Journal, Harûah: Breath of Heaven, Mother Earth Journal, Nomad's Choir, Passager, Plainsongs, Poetry Now, Red Owl, Ruminate, Saint Anthony Messenger, Tapestries, Tar Wolf Review, The Bear Delux, The Blue Guitar, The Oak, The Talking Stick, Time of Singing, Tule Review, Unstrung
First Prize costume, Halloween Parade, Anoka, Minnesota, 1949. A skeleton, swaybacked and potbellied. 1949 Poster Child for the phrase, "Does not Play Well with Others." Nearly disqualified on the issue of "Well."

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Stay, illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido, Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck, Disorientations: Groundings by Jay Wright, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, Stay, Illusion by Lucie Brock-Broido
Favorite Books:
W. B. Yeats, The Tower, Robert Frost, West Running Brook, Donald Hall, Kicking the Leaves, Thomas Hardy, Satires of Circumstance and The Return of the Native, Galway Kinnell, Mortal Acts, Mortal Words, James Wright, To a Blossoming Pear Tree, Tomas Transtromer, The Great Enigma, Louise Gluck, Village Life.
Favorite Authors:
whoever gave us Book 23 of The Odyssey, "J," the William Shakespeare who realizes what an artist must do in Prospero's last speech, Thomas Hardy, returning native and poet, the old trickster who directed "Directive," Wallace Stevens, Rex Stout. For some of the rest, see above, "Favorite Books." And some more. Herbert, Emerson, Thoreau, Montaigne. Transtromers' "Codex" is written for every maker of the new.

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Listing last updated: October 15, 2016

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Born in:
Litchfield, MN
Raised in:
Phoenix, AZ

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