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Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian writer, performer and educator from Tiohtią:ke/Montreal. A graduate of Concordia University Creative Writing and director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, she has released four audio recordings including her latest project ZENSHIP (Mother Tongue Media 2016) which has been performed internationally as a solo and group piece at Suoni per il Popolo, Black Speculative Arts Montreal, Banff Centre, Ubud Writers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and Glastonbury Festival. After self-publishing six artist books, Bothism (2017) is Evanson's first poetry collection with Ekstasis Editions and a second, 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 Edition) and Where the Night are Twice as Long (Goose Lane). A past recipient of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, she was also Poet of Honour at the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and moonlights as a whirling dervish.



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