January 2013




Videography and editing by TC Tolbert & Noah Saterstrom, Tucson, AZ, Dec 2012.

“Speech Acts” is a video poetry series curated by TC Tolbert and produced in collaboration with Noah Saterstrom. More than an archive, “Speech Acts” seeks to create an intimate, human experience with four Tucson trans and genderqueer poets and their work. It will be released quarterly in Trickhouse in 2013. Inspired by Ed Bowes’ film “Three Poems by Akilah Oliver,” “Speech Acts” references J. L. Austin’s work on performative utterances and Judith Butler’s notion that “speech itself is a bodily act.” We hope it will connect trans and genderqueer folks across geography and genre, and introduce trans and genderqueer poets to a wider cis audience. Also, we hope it will convince more kick ass folks to visit us in Tucson. It’s a really neat place.

We would like to thank Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) for their generous funding of this project and their vital support of trans and genderqueer artists.


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Samuel Ace is the author of three collections of poetry: Normal Sex (Firebrand Books), Home in three days. Don’t wash., a hybrid project of poetry, video and photography (Hard Press), and most recently Stealth, co-authored with Maureen Seaton (Chax Press). He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry. He was also a 2012 finalist for the National Poetry Series. His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in or is forthcoming from Ploughshares, Eoagh, Spiral Orb, Kenyon Review, van Gogh’s Ear, Rhino, 3:am, Panhandler, The Volta, and others. He lives in Tucson, AZ and Truth or Consequences, NM.


TC Tolbert is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice. TC is Assistant Director of Casa Libre en la Solana, adjunct instructor at University of Arizona and Pima Community College, and wilderness instructor at Outward Bound. Co-editor, along with Tim Trace Peterson, of the forthcoming Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books/EOAGH, March 2013), TC has two chapbooks: spirare (Belladonna* 2012) and territories of folding (Kore Press 2011). TC was guest curator for a special trans and queer issue of the online poetry and poetics journal, Evening Will Come, in December 2012. His work won the Arizona Statewide Poetry Competition in 2010 and his first full-length collection, Gephyromania, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. S/he is the creator of Made for Flight, a youth empowerment project that utilizes creative writing and kite building to commemorate murdered transgender people and to dismantle homophobia and transphobia. www.tctolbert.com


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