Ron Silliman has written and edited over 30 books, and has had his poetry and criticism translated into 12 languages. Between 1979 and 2004, Silliman wrote the epic project, The Alphabet. He has now begun writing a new poem, Universe. Silliman sees his poetry as being part of a single poem or lifework, which he calls Ketjak. Ketjak is also the name of the first poem of The Age of Huts. If and when completed, the entire work will consist of The Age of Huts (1974–1980), Tjanting (1979–1981), The Alphabet (1979–2004), and Universe (2005-).
Silliman writes a popular and controversial weblog devoted to contemporary poetry and poetics. Debuting on August 29, 2002 Silliman’s Blog received its 2,000,000th visit on January 19, 2009. Less than a full year later, on November 26, 2009, it received its 2,500,000th visit.