Meet The Author—Certain Streets at an Uncertain Hour

jeff tigchelaar


Jeff Tigchelaar is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and stay-at-home dad whose writing has appeared in journals including New Ohio Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American ReviewPleiades, and The Laurel Review, and in anthologies such as Verse DailyBest 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. In Huntington. Not at the library.

– via the author’s website


Demonstrating “impressive range in form, style, and tone,” and containing poems said to sound “like William Stafford on jumping beans,” Certain Streets at an Uncertain Hour has been described as “a smart, serious, hilarious first book – a no-kill shelter for memorable speech.” Beautifully illustrated by Lawrence artist Charlotte Pemberton, the collection takes as its starting point the governor’s 2011 dismantling of the Kansas Arts Commission, and features poetry rescued from overheard conversations, discarded letters, library-desk graffiti, and beyond.

– via the author’s website

Premieres July 15, 2021 on YouTube