t thilleman migrated to New York from the Mid-Western State of Wisconsin in the early 80s. His essay/poetic memoir Blasted Tower deals with aspects of biography and memory as well as an appraisal of informal education and initiation into the world of American post-modern poetries.
For a brief period thilleman worked for Pace Editions and the artist Chuck Close on handmade paper editions under the direction of master printmaker Joe Wilfer. During this same span of time tt participated in readings at ABC NO RIO and the St. Mark’s Poetry Project while working full-time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Through-out the 90s he helped edit Poetry New York, a journal of poetry & translation and created their pamphlet series. thilleman also participated in the Live Art Workshop that originated out of the Kraine Theater/KGB Bar on East 4th Street, opposite La Mama La Galleria in New York City’s East Village. His novel, Gowanus Canal, Hans Knudsen, fictionalizes the time of the founding of KGB Bar, before it became known as a place for literary gatherings.
From his time in the Live Art Workshop he wove together many tiny notebook entries for what he would later term strophaic transcriptions (strophaics, for short, combining the word mosaic with strophe), whose main poetic reality was generated from the “overheard” and the “overseen.” His poetry and prose still circles back into and out of the strophaic as, perhaps, its own "city-on-a-page." Certainly the wordless stage, at any rate, remains for him a place ever as yet to be entered.
Over the years he has collaborated with artists and writers while publishing through Spuyten Duyvil, a press he continues to work at as managing editor.