The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Compositional Improvisation with TC Tolbert

Date(s): Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: 
Thoren, University Club (view map)
Type(s): 
Generative Workshop, Performance
Genre and Form(s): Experimental, Hybrid, Interdisciplinary, LGBTQIA, Mixed Genre, Poetry
Tags: Dance, Movement, Improvisation, Queerness

About the Session

In this fully embodied, experiential session, we will study, inhabit, and practice the art of Compositional Improvisation – composing (individually and collaboratively) (with movement, text, sound, and space) in the moment to create dynamic, rigorous, complex, and fully realized “pieces” without rehearsal or planning. This session will allow writers a chance to work from and with their bodies and unique subject positions while demanding acute attention to choice-making and the elements of composition on and off the page. I think of Compositional Improvisation as queering the process all the way through.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of TC Tolbert holding up a micro-zine next to his head for comparison of size and smiling; photography by Shawnte Orion
TC Tolbert identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, mover, and poet. And, s/he’s a human in love with humans doing human things. S/he is author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014), five chapbooks, and co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). TC was recently awarded an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate Fellowship for his work with trans, non-binary, and queer folks as Tucson’s Poet Laureate. S/he will be Writer in Residence at Pratt Institute, 2019-2020. www.tctolbert.com