Founder and director

TC Tolbert is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice. S/he believes in working across communities – building bridges wherever possible. TC earned his MFA in Poetry from The University of Arizona in 2005 and currently teaches Composition at UA and Pima Community College. S/he is also the Assistant Director of Casa Libre en la Solana. S/he spends his summers directing and instructing wilderness trips for Outward Bound.

TC is the creator and director of Made for Flight, a youth empowerment project that utilizes creative writing and kite building to commemorate transgender people who have been murdered in the previous year.  During the workshops, youth construct over 100 kites as part of this living memorial.

TC is a member of Movement Salon, a compositional improvisation group in Tucson, and is the Interview Curator for Trickhouse, an online multi-genre publication. TC is currently a member of the Tucson Transgender Awareness Week planning committee and has coordinated several Transgender Poetry Readings as part of Transgender Awareness Week.  S/he is also a collective member of Read Between the Bars, a books-to-prisoners program.

TC has served as Lead Artist for Literature in Unexpected Places at Marana High School, judge for the Tucson Youth Poetry Outloud Competition, resident artist of Invisible City, and was a featured guest speaker at Take Back the Night in 2010 and 2011.  S/he will serve as the 2011 judge for UA Poetry Center’s Hattie Lockett Award.

TC is co-editor, along with Tim Trace Peterson, of the forthcoming Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (EOAGH/Nightboat Books), the first anthology of its kind.  The book will feature the work of over 50 trans and genderqueer poets as well as a poetic statement by each author describing the relationship between the author’s experience of the body and their experience of writing poetry.

TC’s chapbooks include spirare (Belladonna, 2012) and territories of folding (Kore Press, 2011). His work won the Arizona Statewide Poetry Competition in 2010, chosen by Linda Russo. TC’s first full length collection, Gephyromania, was a finalist for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. His poems can be found in Volt, The Pinch, Drunken Boat, Shampoo, A Trunk of Delirium, jubilat, and


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