Tim "TinTim" Jones-Yelvington is a Chicago-based author, multimedia artist, and nightlife personality/drag performer.
His multi-genre novel "Strike a Prose: Memoirs of a Lit Diva Extraordinaire" published by co•im•press, was a finalist for the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction contest and the Noemi Press Book Award for Prose, and runner up for the 1913 Prize for First Books. He is the author of two short fiction chapbooks—"Evan's House and the Other Boys Who Live There" (in "They Could No Longer Contain Themselves," Rose Metal Press) and "Daniel, Damned" (Solar Luxuriance Press), and one full-length fiction collection, "This is a Dance Movie!" (Tiny Hardcore Press, selected by Roxane Gay). His debut poetry chapbook, "Become On Yr Face," was winner of the 2016 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press chapbook contest, and its follow-up, "Colton Behavioral Therapy," winner of the 2017 Gazing Grain contest, judged by Camille Rankine. His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Puerto Del Sol, Harpur Palate, and others. From 2010-12, he guest edited [PANK]'s annual queer issue.
His dynamic live readings evolved into his drag/nightlife persona TinTim. TinTim is well known on Youtube as "America's first drag queen public intellectual, aka the 'Cornel-Motherfucking-West of drag.'" In live performances, she's a maenad, channeling the occult energy of the nightlife through camp transgression.
By day, Tim "walks children in nature" as Program Director for Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College, a summer leadership development program that empowers sustainability and social equity-interested young people to pursue their social change goals, and contributes to Foresight Design Initiative's multidisciplinary sustainability and systems analysis consulting engagements.
Tim's literary and artistic interests include (but are not limited to): Camp, excess, new narrative, literary "fan fiction," transgression, pop culture, queer evil, glamour, multimedia and multi-form writing and performance. Tim's political interests include youth organizing, social movement building, intersectionality, antiracism, education justice, labor organizing, impact evaluation, leadership development, and others.
Tim is available for readings, multimedia/literary performances, drag bookings, speaking engagements, panel discussions, and more. Connect here.