meet Herb Kauderer

Headshot of Herb KaudererHerb Kauderer is a retired factory worker who grew up to be an associate professor of English at Hilbert College with a PhD and a lot of other degrees.

He has written film, drama, non-fiction, and short fiction, but is most noted for his poetry. His writing has won the Asimov’s Readers’ Award (2017), a third place Elgin Award (2020), the Ewaipanoma Sonnet Contest (2008), and the WorldCon Poetry Slam (1998) and been a finalist for the Analog AnLab Readers’ Awards and received honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror. His work has often been nominated for the Rhysling, Elgin, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart.

More about him and his writing can be found at

Read Herb’s interview for Altered Reality Magazine

Read Herb’s work in Altered Reality Magazine


The Last Dragon Scholar: Seeking Wisdom  
The First Dragon Skyhook Scone Dragon
Symbols, Numbers, Distances The Makings of Dragons Charcoal Dragon
sometimes unobserved is just the same rust dragon a time to shrink
Rogue Planet commuter unmanned exploration
A Room on Mars Last Stand on Privacy The Poem Dreams

failed diplomacy

Intended Purpose Third Floor Bookstore

new realities

career change Last Gleaming

Fruit of Imperfection

Dust Devils stranded observatory

Soft Scientist

Computer Vows Recognition Error

Keeping the Peace

Leather Dragon What’s Been Left Behind
Dryad Joyriding National Security
Djinn Stonehenge Through the Ages
Lethe Phlegethon far from worship
Night Shivers Acheron Cocytus
 keeping company  bug in the system  two wrongs
 zombie existence  Profiling the unknown  duration of the crossing
 Styx  out of hades  The Theft of Yesterday’s Lover
basilisk priestess’ nightmare scylla
satyr insane medusa depth perception
having touched sky arachnid defense space efficient
doom what lay underfoot look the other way
the robot insane sentient pushing listener


Campaign Platform
Criminal Evolutions
Typographical Archvillain
Misdirection in Oz
Names: SF’s Influence on Name Freedom

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