territories of folding, a collection of poetry and space by tc tolbert
38 pages, 7 x 12" paper,
double bound by wire, backed with bookboard

cover artwork by Rae Strozzo

ISBN 9781888553321

Price: $15

TC Tolbert's debut book of poetry uncovers the landscape of life ever in motion. In language flickering with love, loss, and liminality, and with adamantine accuracy, this work bridges many seemingly distant land masses: female and male, girl and boy, music and silence, body and space.

Territories of Folding embodies the poet's transition “from woman to something less visibly female” and reveals the cyclic journeys of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of the person contextualized by an outward societal framework. “Having lived through the funnel both ways,” TC Tolbert acknowledges and bravely challenges traditional schemes of hegemony with a conscious commitment to the unique multiplicity of the self, who is at once (and always) transitory and timeless


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"It's spelled s-h-e but the s is silent.

Isn't that the way it is anyway. No two plurals in the world."


– from territories of folding, page 19


Poet and activist TC “TigerCakes” Tolbert received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona in 2005. Committed to social justice, TC has contributed to several artistic collaborations and community projects including Boys R Us, Transgender Awareness Week, and Invisible City, Casa Libre en la Solana, Eon, Movement Salon, Read Between the Bars, Outward Bound and in 2010, TC created the Made for Flight project**. A recipient of the University of Arizona/Academy of American Poets Award and
the Arizona Statewide Poetry Competition, TC’s poems can be found, or are forthcoming, in many fine literary journals and magazines.





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Territories of Folding leads the reader into the universe(s) of what cannot be easily said, and what lies in
between what can be said. Through the virtuoso use of space, breath, and repetition, Tolbert creates an
architecture that stand[s] between the text and its articulation. This book tears apart the easy masks of
perception and our snap understandings of a body, a body’s history and personhood. Tolbert makes it the
function of language to reveal and to unfold what the mouth uncovers – through the multiple throats of
infinite transformation.”

- Samuel Ace