Booklist critic Donna Seaman has described his poems as “deceptive in their sturdy plainness … inlaid with patterns as elegant as the swoop of swallows, and images as startling and right as a cat's bowl of milk shimmering as its ‘moon god.’” His debut collection, Late for Work (2006), was awarded the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize by judge Philip Levine. Hall, a former US poet laureate, appointed Tucker a Witter Bynner Foundation Fellow in 2007. His poetry has been published in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's column, "American Life in Poetry."
A newspaper editor for more than 25 years, Tucker is an editor for the Metro section of the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper, where he was part of the team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.