TC Wins Inaugural Fellowship

TC Tolbert, keynote poet from the WFOP Fall Conference 2018, is one of 13 poets laureate to be named Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellows. Together they will receive more than $1 million, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in recognition of their literary excellence and to help support their civic projects.

Each has served as a Poet Laureate of their state, city, or county, and in the year ahead will be addressing issues important to their communities through poetry.

TC Tolbert, Poet Laureate of Tucson, Arizona

TC Tolbert received a BA in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. S/he is the author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014) and four chapbooks of poetry, as well as coeditor, with Trace Peterson, of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013).

Tolbert was awarded $100,000 and plans to conduct a series of workshops with trans, non-binary, and queer (TNBQ) groups (primarily youth), and create a series of public installations highlighting TNBQ and LGBTQ+ voices and issues across Tucson.

Read about the other winners here.