Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian writer, performer and educator from Tiohtią:ke/Montreal. She presents spoken word internationally, has released four audio recordings, including the recent ZENSHIP (2016 Mother Tongue Media), and is director of Banff Centre Spoken Word. Notable performances include Suoni per il Popolo, Black Speculative Arts Montreal, Vancouver International Writer's Festival, Ubud Writers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and Glastonbury Festival. Bothism (2017 Ekstasis Editions) is her first poetry collection and Nouveau Griot is forthcoming from Frontenac House in 2018. Recent publications include Arc Poetry Magazine, WSQ Feminist Press, Making Room-40 Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press), Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches Editions) and Where the Nights are Twice as Long (Goose Lane). She is a past recipient of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.

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