Jeff Tigchelaar


(304) 962-0851

Author's Bio

Jeff Tigchelaar is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and stay-at-home dad whose writing has appeared in journals including North American Review, Pleiades, and The Laurel Review, and anthologies such as Verse Daily, Best New Poets, and New Poetry from the Midwest. His poetry garnered a fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, and his first book, Certain Streets at an Uncertain Hour, published in 2015 by Washburn University's Woodley Press, won the 2016 Kansas Authors Club Nelson Poetry Book Award. Jeff currently works at Cabell County Public Library in Huntington, West Virginia, where he resides with his wife and two children.

Publications include: CutBank, Handsome, Fugue, LIT, The Offending Adam, Phoebe, Heavy Feather Review, Sand, Garbanzo, The Southeast Review, Best New Poets 2011, Court Green, North American Review, burntdistrict, Hobart, Prole, Grist, Gertrude, Rhino, Tar River Poetry, Sport Literate, Coal City Review, Flyway, Fjords, Juked, Controlled Burn, I-70 Review, Aethlon, el Paper, Thrush Poetry Journal, The 22, Verse Daily, Atlanta Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, West Wind Review, decomP.

Poem "One Way of Looking at Thirteen Blackbirds" was microreviewed on

Publications & Prizes

Certain Streets at an Uncertain Hour (Woodley Press, 2015)
Prizes won: 

Kansas Authors Club Nelson Poetry Book Award (2016)

Individual Excellence Award, Ohio Arts Council (2008)

Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in Poetry (2010)


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Scott McClanahan, Richard Brautigan, Czeslaw Milosz, Mark Halliday, Mark Hennessy, Amy Ash, Becca J.R. Lachman, Kathryn Nuernberger, Matthew Porubsky
What I'm reading now: 
The End of Pink by Kathryn Nuernberger, The Afterlives of Trees by Wyatt Townley, Ruled by Pluto by Matthew Porubsky, Burn by Kathleen Johnson, Louise: Amended by Louise Krug

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Identifies as: 
Dutch American
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Born in: 
Grand Rapids
Raised in: 
Grand Rapids, MI
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Last update: Mar 26, 2017