TC Tolbert is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice. S/he believes in working across communities—building bridges wherever possible. Tolbert earned his MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona and teaches in the low residency MFA program at OSU-Cascades and teaches composition and transgender literature at University of Arizona. Awarded the Arizona Commission on the Arts Individual Artist Award in 2012 and a residency at Byrdcliffe, s/he has three chapbooks: spirare (Belladonna, 2012), territories of folding (Kore Press, 2011), and I:Not He:Not I (Pitymilk Press, 2014).
Tolbert’s first full-length collection, Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014), was a three-time finalist for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Dawn Lundy Martin wrote, “Gephyromania teaches us that to unmake a body, language, and thereby a world is as meaningful (perhaps more so) than building—and that unmaking is, oxymoronically, a form of creation. This collection presses hard and urgently against the throat of mainstream western notions of what it means to inhabit a gendered body.”
Tolbert lives in Tucson.