Born and based in Tiohtią:ke/Montreal, Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer, arts educator and director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word program.

Over a 20-year career in spoken word, she has performed at festivals in over a dozen countries; released four studio albums and five 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.

Bothism (2017 Ekstasis Editions) is her first published poetry collection and is performed as a live videopoem. Her sophomore collection Nouveau Griot (2018 Frontenac House), gathers the texts from four studio albums. She has published recently in Arc Poetry, WSQ-Feminist Press, Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press) and Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches Editions). She has poetry forthcoming in Fiddlehead (University of New Brunswick), fiction in Changing Face of Canlit (Guernica Editions) and is at work on a novella. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.

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