TC Tolbert

Instructor, MFA in Creative Writing

Office: Off-Site

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Trans and genderqueer poet TC Tolbert’s work includes Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014), Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013, of which s/he is co-editor along with Tim Trace Peterson), and chapbooks spirare (Belladonna*, 2012), and territories of folding (Kore Press, 2011). I: Not He: Not I is forthcoming from Pity Milk Press (June, 2014). TC is currently completing What is Found There: Architectures of Intimacy in Public Space, a collection of lyric essays and meditative investigations of trans experiences in community and public space, to be published by Kore Press in 2015. As a feminist artist committed to living a life of compositional improvisation on and off the page, TC’s dialogic pedagogy depends on attention, curiosity, challenge, and collaboration. S/he is excited by radical honesty and compassion, form and rupture, contact and change. Even though s/he calls the desert home, s/he’s originally from the south and loves his momma and sister more than anything. Thanks to given and chosen family, TC keeps showing up and paying attention. Gloria Anzaldúa said: Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks. John Cage said: it’s lighter than you think. Learn more at

TC's teaching and research specialties include trans and genderqueer poetry & poetics; gender variance and its relationship to familiy systems, violence, architecture, intimacy, visibility, safety, and public space; form and its relationship to body, arrative, and legibility; installation and performance; DIY publishing; feminist rhetoric & public discourse; compositional improvisation; nonlinear narrative; and conceptual poetry & art.