Tawhida Tanya Evanson is a poet, author, producer and Aşık from Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. Her two poetry collections are Bothism (Ekstasis 2017) and Nouveau Griot (Frontenac 2018). Her debut novel Book of Wings (Véhicule 2021) won the 2022 New Contribution Literary Prize, was on the 2022 CBC Canada Reads Longlist and was one of Quill & Quire’s 2021 Books of the Year. With a 25-year practice in spoken word, she has performed in over a dozen countries and released several studio albums and videopoems including the award-winning Almost Forgot my Bones. In 2013, she was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre. Director of the Banff Centre Spoken Word program and VP of The Quebec Writers’ Federation, she is at work on an Afrofuturist film premiering in spring 2023 entitled Cyano Sun Suite and the French translation of her novel. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.

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