Richard Fenton Sederstrom

426 East Pierce Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

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 and

Publications and Prizes

2River View, 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, Talking Stick: Native Arts Quarterly, Time of Singing, Tule Review, Unstrung
Prizes Won: 
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

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English American
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Phoenix, AZ
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Last updated: Sep 27, 2018