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Tanya Evanson is a Montreal poet, performer and director of Banff Centre Spoken Word. Following six artist books, her book of poetry Bothism is forthcoming from Ekstasis Editions in fall 2017 and Nouveau Griot from Frontenac House in 2018. She performs internationally and has released four audio recordings including the latest ZENSHIP (Mother Tongue Media 2016). Recent spoken word performances include The Banff Centre, Suoni per il Popolo, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Australia's Story-Fest, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Glastonbury Festival. Evanson is a past recipient of the Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. A classically-trained whirling dervish, she holds monthly Sufi whirling sessions in Montreal and performs worldwide with Niyaz (Iran-US), Mercan Dede (Turkey), Rumi Canada and Vancouver Rumi Society.



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