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 and ANU live art.

Over a 20-year career in spoken word, she has performed at festivals in Canada, US, Mexico, West Indies, England, Scotland, Ukraine, Turkey, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Australia and Indonesia; published six artist books, four studio albums and two videopoems including the award-winningAlmost 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 latest collection Nouveau Griot (2018 Frontenac House), gathers the texts from her 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). With fiction forthcoming in Changing Face of Can Lit (2020 Guernica Editions), she is at work on a bilingual novella and moonlights as a whirling dervish.

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