On the surface TJ Seitz appears to be a quintessential middle aged male. He’s married to his HS sweetheart and lives with his family (3 kids, a dog, 4 cats, 3 guinea pigs, a rabbit and a leopard gecko) in a suburban split level ranch located on the outskirts of Rochester, NY.
TJ spent 20 years in the field of government IT before shifting his career path towards procurement. Learning why/how things work, “pushing buttons” and “stirring the pot” (instigating) have always been inherent weaknesses for Mr. Seitz so administrating computers and contracts within large bureaucracies comes natural for him.
While working full time, TJ also attended college part time (and sometimes full time). To keep himself (relatively speaking) sane he majored and minored in non-technology subjects, earning a BA in English with a writing concentration from Saint John Fisher College and a MA in Social Policy Empire State College.
He studied with George Saunders and Judith Kitchen (though neither teacher would probably remember him). Distractions like kicking virtual wasp’s nests on BITNET Listservs (predecessors to social networking sites like Facebook), soliciting donations for a Panty Alter fund and hanging out with a heavily medicated professional drummer named Dirtbag interfered with TJ’s ability to write anything particularly noteworthy for either class. He also attended a workshop at the Omega Institute mentored by Marge Piercy and Ira Wood.
In reality the stable full time jobs have been serving as functional fronts for TJ’s secret life as a writer. They provided him with money to pay his bills and experiential material to write about. The down side of working in IT and going to college was that he did not have a lot of time to devote to writing and publishing. Adding a problematic first marriage, babies and divorce to the mix did not help much either.
TJ’s essays and letters have been printed in both local and national publications. His poetry has been published both United States and England.