Jeffrey Charles McAndrew ’81 named inaugural poet laureate in North Fond du Lac

Jeffrey Charles McAndrew ’81 of North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, has been named North Fond du Lac’s inaugural poet laureate by Spillman Public Library.

He is involved with numerous artistic activities within the community. He started the podcast “Poets Have Something to Say” in October 2022, and it can be heard on the “Great Poets” Facebook page. He interviews a different poet each month. He also has released a new book of poems, My Heart at Ease, which is available on

In early 2021, McAndrew challenged himself to write 100 poems by the end of the year. As the president of The Wordsmiths, a local writers club, he also challenged his members to set their own similar writing goals. Themes of many of his works include nature, spirituality, politics and philosophy.

He also is the author of three previous books, including his latest novel, Numinous, which is about a minister who questions the meaning of his faith and his life.

As a singer-songwriter and guitar player, his CD “The Miracle Is Ours” was released in 2014.

At Ripon, he majored in psychology.

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