Book Launch for TC Tolbert's The Quiet Practices

Join us on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) for the online launch of TC Tolbert’s The Quiet Practices, winner of this year’s Chad Walsh Chapbook Prize! TC will be reading from his chapbook and joined by fellow writer Jennifer Tseng along with Beloit Poetry Journal editors for an evening of poetry and conversation.

Meet Our Readers

TC TOLBERT (he/him/hey grrrl) is a trans and genderqueer monkey-goat who never ceases to experience a simultaneous grief and deep love any time s/he pays attention to the world. S/he writes poems, works with wood, learns, teaches, and wanders. In 2019, TC was awarded an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship for his work with trans, nonbinary, and queer folks. Publications include Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014, and rereleased by Nightboat Books, 2022) and five chapbooks. TC is also coeditor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013). TC lives in Tucson, AZ, where s/he is the current poet laureate.

Poet and fiction writer JENNIFER TSENG was born in Indiana and raised in California by a first generation Chinese immigrant engineer and a third generation German American microbiologist. Her novel, Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness (Europa Editions 2015), was shortlisted for the PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the New England Book Award. She's also the author of four award-winning books of poetry, including the chapbook, Not so dear Jenny (Bateau Press 2017), poems made with her father’s English letters. The full-length version of her chapbook, Thanks for Letting Us Know You Are Alive, is forthcoming from UMass Press in April 2024.