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Robert K. Henderson

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Freelance Writer, Editor, Translator, and Photographer

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Robert K. Henderson

1757 Route du Nord
Chatham, Québec
Canada J8G 1E2
Phone: 450 533 1113

E mail: rkhen@softhome.net

I have been a full-time freelance writer and photographer since 1995, specialising in natural and rural history and related topics. I also write about linguistics and amateur radio. Editors appreciate my ability to write entertaining copy that is technically accurate.


My book, The Neighborhood Forager: A Guide for the Wild Food Gourmet, was published in July 2000 by Chelsea Green Publishers. The Neighborhood Forager is 280 pages long and illustrated with 100 black and white and 8 pages of colour photos taken by the author. One of the best-selling titles in its genre, The Neighborhood Forager was reviewed in the May 2001 issue of Canadian Living and the 18 September 2000 issue of The New Yorker.

I am currently writing a book on First Nations (Native American) agriculture.

"Our Herbal Heritage," my column on the role of herbs in social history, appears regularly in The Herb Companion. I am also a frequent features contributor. Other publications in which my natural history articles appear include Herbs for Health, Pacific Horticulture, Countryside, Backwoods Home, and Pacific Horticulture.

My linguistics bylines include a biweekly column on languages and linguistic politics for Suite101.com; my essay exploring the status of non-English languages online, which appeared in the university linguistics text Exploring Language; and a history of the Chinook Jargon for True West magazine. (Information on my work as a translator is available from the Translator page.)

QST carried my oral history series on military radio operators in World War Two. I have also published technical copy in QST and Worldradio. I specialise in technical and social amateur radio history and in how-to pieces on accessible, low-cost, low-tech amateur radio operations.

I have published humour/commentary in The Herb Tea Book and The Seattle Times. I can write lively copy on virtually any topic, and enjoy working with editors who wish to liven up otherwise serious publications with entertaining pieces that are nevertheless technically accurate.

Teaching , Presentations, and Media Appearances

I was a secondary school teacher for twelve years, during which time I taught in France on a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, in a private school in Costa Rica, and in several American public schools. During my teaching career I was active in professional organisations and was a frequent presenter at annual and quarterly conferences. I have also taught at the community college level.

Currently I present regular workshops on freelance writing and wild edibles to area community colleges. I also make paid presentations to university classes and organisations on a variety of topics, including writing, natural and human history, linguistics, and Canadian culture. Articles about me and my work have appeared in several daily newspapers and the Associated Press. I have also been a guest on several syndicated NPR programmes and Basic Black, a highly-rated, nationally-broadcast show on CBC Radio 1, as well as several private radio stations across North America.

I am at home in front of a camera or microphone and enjoy speaking to groups. Audiences appreciate my organised presentation and animated delivery.

Other Information

Andrea Pedolsky of the Altair Literary Agency represents me.

Past president, Western Washington Writers, 1997.

Je parle courrament français et je serais ravi d'écrire en français pour des publications francophones ou de me faire interviewer dans les médias francophones.


MAT: French, 1993. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Graduate Studies in French, 1987. Campus of l'Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Angers, France. (Credit from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa).

BA Ed: History, 1984. Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA. Graduated cum laude.

Email: rkhen@softhome.net

Last update: 4 March, 2002

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