|Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer and arts educator from Tiohtią:ke/Montreal. She is also director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, an arts residency for spoken word artists in the Rocky Mountains of Banff, Canada.
A graduate of Concordia University Creative Writing and English Literature, she has been performing spoken word internationally for 20 years. In 2013, she received The Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the spoken word genre and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Notable performances include Vancouver Writers Festival, Bowery Poetry (New York), Story-Fest (Australia), Ubud Writers Festival (Indonesia), Word n Sound Festival (Johannesburg), Edinburgh Book Festival and Glastonbury Festival.
With four studio albums of spoken word and music under her belt, her latest project ZENSHIP (2016 Mother Tongue Media), has received critical acclaim for pushing the boundaries between oral poetry and music. Following six artist books, Bothism (2017 Ekstasis Editions)—an experimental Sufi text—is her first published poetry collection and Nouveau Griot (2018)—collected texts from her four albums—is fresh from Frontenac House. Other recent print publications include Arc Poetry Magazine, WSQ-Feminist Press, Making Room-40 Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press), and Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches Editions). She moonlights as a whirling dervish.
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