Madame Harriette Presents: “Trans”—An Evening of Performances, February 8, 2014


On Saturday, February 8 at 7 p.m., Counterpath hosted “Trans—An Evening of Performance,” the debut event of Madame Harriet Presents: An Occasional Series. “Trans-” will feature TC Tolbert, Sommer Browning, and Andrea Rexilius.

trans –

(across, over, beyond, to go beyond) transubstantiation (change of one substance to another) transliterate (to write a word in the characters of another alphabet) transducer (device which converts energy from one form to another) transient (passing over, away) transect (to cut across) transverse (lying across, turned or directed) transom (crossbeam spanning an opening) transfuse (to transfer by pouring) translucent (to shine through) transmit (send across) transcribe (to copy, write again in another place, write over) transccribble (to transcribe poorly) transgender (across gender, to go beyond gender) transfix  (pierce through) transplant (plant again in a different place) transvestite (person with desire to dress in clothing of the opposite sex) transcend (climb over, surmount) transpose (to place over) transform (change the shape or form) transmigration (change of country; originally literal, in reference to the removal of the Jews into Babylonian captivity) translate (to remove from one place to another; to turn from one language to another) transgression ( a going over) transaction        (the adjustment of a dispute) (across, over, beyond, to go  beyond

TC Tolbert (video above) is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher. Assistant Director of Casa Libre en la Solana, instructor at University of Arizona and Pima Community College, and wilderness instructor at Outward Bound, s/he is the author of Gephyromania (forthcoming, Ahsahta Press, 2014) and chapbooks spirare (Belladonna*, 2012), and territories of folding (Kore Press, 2011). TC is co-editor, along with Tim Trace Peterson, of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013). TC writes and is arts co-editor for The Feminist Wire and s/he recently curated a trans and queer issue of Evening Will Come for the Volta. TC is a regular curator for Trickhouse, an online cross-genre arts journal and 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. Thanks to Movement Salon and the Architects, TC keeps showing up and paying attention. John Cage said, it’s lighter than you think.

Photography by Mamta Popat

Andrea Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012),  To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011), and the chapbook, Seance (Coconut Books, 2014).  She is an Assistant Professor of English at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she is also the Summer Writing Program Coordinator, the Editor-in-Chief of Bombay Gin Literary Journal, and the Co-Founder and coordinator (with Michelle Naka Pierce) of the biennial conference [Dis]Embodied.  She is a member of the Poets’ Theater group, GASP (Girls Assembling Something Perpetual). With Eric Baus, she co-edits Marcel Press (formerly PARCEL journal & Minus House). She holds a PhD in Literature & Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA, with concentrations in Poetry; Performance Art; and Image & Text, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Sommer Browning writes poems, draws comics, and tells jokes. She is the author of THE BOWLING (Greying Ghost, 2010) with Brandon Shimoda and Either Way I’m Celebrating (Birds, LLC). Her poems and drawings have appeared in The New York Quarterly, Everyday Genius, Typo, Octopus, past simple, Free Verse, The Stranger, and other places. She curates The Bad Shadow Affair, a reading series and she co-edits Flying Guillotine Press. She lives in Denver with Noah Eli Gordon and a baby.