Charles F. Thielman was born and raised in Charleston, S.C., moved to Chicago, and was educated at red-bricked universities and on city streets. He has enjoyed working as a city bus driver, truck driver, warehouse manager, and enthused bookstore clerk. Thielman was married on a Kauai beach in 2011 and is a loving grandfather for five free spirits. He works as a poet, artiste, and shareholder in an independent bookstore’s collective.
Thielman’s poetry has appeared in many literary journals, such as The Pedestal, Gargoyle, Poetry365, FutureCycle, Gangway, Poetry Salzburg, The Oyez Review, Windfall, Muse, Battered Suitcase, Poetry Kanto, Open Road, Pastiche, Belle Reve, Tiger’s Eye, and Rusty Nail.