The Tolbert Report

26 10 2011

He describes himself as “God chaser, writer, artist, mover and shaper.”

Joe Tolbert is a 23-year-old from Knoxville majoring in journalism and electronic media, with a concentration on magazine writing.  Into his sixth year at UT he says he is a “senior on a victory lap.”

A lover of the performing arts, Tolbert has written songs for a solo album and is waiting to get started on its production.  He says the album will be, “using music and poetry to tell the ups and downs of relationships.”

Tolbert has been heavily involved with Jazz for Justice, a student group at UT who use arts to raise awareness and promote healing in Northern Uganda.  He also has played an active role with the S.T.A.Y. (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) Project, working with youths in Central Appalachia affected by extractive industries like strip mining.

Tolbert has a great desire to go travelling and notes Paris, Rome, the Mediterranean, South Africa, Uganda and Equatorial Guinea as particular places of interest.  “Though there is nowhere I would say I wouldn’t want to go,” he said.

From acknowledging himself as a “really, really, shy” child, Tolbert can put poetry, singing and theatre on his resume.  Also, when working as an extra, he can also claim to have rubbed shoulders with a Hollywood star……….




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