TC Tolbert is a nationally certified EMT, and often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet. S/he holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, and is the author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014), five chapbooks of poetry, and is coeditor with Trace Peterson of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013). Tolbert is the recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts Individual Artist Award. In 2019, s/he was the guest editor for Poem-a-Day in January and was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Tolbert is currently the poet laureate of Tucson, Arizona, where s/he lives.
In 2019, TC Tolbert was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Tolbert 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.