Richard Fenton Sederstrom

23819 Greenleaf DrivePark Rapids, MN 56470

Author's Bio

Richard Fenton Sederstrom lives in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Mexico and the North Woods of Minnesota, two environments of striking physical, cultural, and spiritual contrast. He spent his formative and fairly innocent years, to the age of ten, on a haunting street by the Mississippi River in Minnesota. His family moved to pre-suburbian Arizona in 1954, where the Sonoran Desert began to make her thorny tricks and her precarious love manifest to his pubescent soul, pretty much the same one he enjoys and endures today. Insofar as a poet should dare to be educated, he was schooled at Arizona State University and Breadloaf at Middlebury College. He has taught middle school, high school, college, and occasional graduate classes, but he strongly prefers to teach at the high school level, where "the young people are observant and inquisitive enough to begin to be interesting, but not too old to be molded into a love for poetry, art, philosophy and other routes to corruption." Now, fortunate to have retired from all respectable pursuits, especially teaching, he returns to the classroom as a visitor, where “instead of teaching out of pedagogy, I teach out of confusion, and into it, the way teaching should be done, the way poetry should be done, the way life should be lived.” His unconsionably delayed first book, Fall Pictures on an Abandoned Road, was released in 2009. Disordinary Light came out in 2010, and a new book, Folly, A Book of Last Summers appeared this past June. 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.

Publications and Prizes


Big Muddy
The Talking Stick
Red Owl
Harûah: Breath of Heaven
Tule Review
Nomad's Choir
Saint Anthony Messenger
Tar Wolf Review
The Oak
Big Muddy
Big Muddy
Poetry Now
Red Owl
Red Owl
Red Owl
The Bear Delux
Time of Singing
English Journal
2 River Review
English Journal
Friends Journal
The Blue Guitar
Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems
English Journal
First Prize costume, Halloween Parade, Anoka, Minnesota, 1949. A skeleton, swaybacked and potbellied.

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Identifies as: 
English American
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Born in: 
Litchfield, MN
Raised in: 
Phoenix, AZ

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Poems by Edward Taylor, Autobiography, vol 2 by Mark Twain, The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy, Metaporphoses by Ovid, Mandelbaum trans.
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, Mary Oliver, Why I Wake Early, 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," Rex Stout. For some of the rest, see above, "Favorite Books." And some more. Herbert, Emerson, Thoreau, Montaigne.

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Listing last updated: January 12, 2014.