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. Throughout a 20-year career in spoken word, she has performed at festivals in over a dozen countries, released four studio albums and six 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. She has two published poetry collections Bothism (2017 Ekstasis) and Nouveau Griot (2018 Frontenac) and her writing has been featured in literary journals and anthologies, most recently Fiddlehead, WSQ-Feminist Press, Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin) and Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches). She is on the Board of Directors for the Quebec Writers Federation (QWF) and Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM). Her debut novella Book of Wings will be published by Véhicule Press in spring 2021. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.



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