Richard Hedderman


7339 St. James St.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Author's Bio

A Pushcart-nominated poet, author, and educator, Richard Hedderman was born and raised in Albany, NY. He's worked as a housepainter, actor, stage combat choreographer, voice-over artist, freelance writer, and museum educator. He attended the University of San Francisco where he earned undergraduate degrees in English and Theater, and a MA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of a chapbook, The Discovery of Heaven (Parallel Press), and a full-length volume, Choosing a Stone, from Finishing Line Press. Publications include poems in RattleChicago Quarterly ReviewCutBankChautauqua Literary Review, KestrelSkald (Wales), Blue Collar ReviewThe Midwest QuarterlyBorderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and several anthologies.

His poems and essays have aired on public radio, and his poem, “Mummies—Milwaukee Public Museum,” is featured in a global literacy program developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His poem series based on Beowulf was published in the Welsh language literary journal, Skald, and his series of poems inspired by Hamlet appeared in the anthology In a Fine Frenzy: Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press).  He is the Education Programs Coordinator at the Milwaukee Public Museum where he coordinates creative writing programming. A long-time Dead Head, he’s been on the bus since 1976. He lives in Milwaukee.

Literary agent: 
Joan Williamson

Publications & Prizes

Choosing a Stone (Finishing Line Press, 2020)
The Discovery of Heaven (Parallel Press, 2006)
Prizes won: 
  • Finalist, The Ashland Poetry Press Richard Snyder Award
  • Finalist, Codhill Press Poetry Award
  • Guest Poet, the Library of Congress Poetry at Noon program
  • Pushcart Prize nomination (2017)
  • Three fellowships, New York State Writers Institute, Director John Montague, Ireland Chair of Poetry

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Shakespeare, the Beowulf Poet, Gary Snyder, Charles Simic, Seamus Heaney, Raymond Carver, Sylvia Plath, Louis Jenkins, Philip Whalen, Franz Wright, Wislawa Szymborska, Bill Pronzini, Kerouac, Ron Koertge.
What I'm reading now: 
Telling the Bees by Faith Shearin, The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century by Clay Risen, Ten Caesars by Barry Strauss, Dreyer's English by Ben Dreyer

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Irish American
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Born in: 
Albany, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Albany, NY
New York
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Last update: Aug 29, 2020