Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Québecoise poet, performer, producer and arts educator. In addition to six artist books, she is author of two books of poetry, Nouveau Griot (Frontenac House 2018) and Bothism (Ekstasis Editions 2017), and her debut novel Book of Wings is forthcoming from Véhicule Press in early 2021. She also has upcoming work in The Fiddlehead, UPPERCASE and Changing the Face of Canadian Literature (Guernica).

With a 20-year practice in spoken word performance, she has presented work in over a dozen countries, released four studio albums and six videopoems including the award-winning Almost Forgot my Bones. In 2013, she became program director of Banff Centre Spoken Word; Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word; and received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre.

Born and based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, a graduate of Concordia University Creative Writing, she is on the Board of Directors for The Quebec Writers Federation (QWF) and Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM). She moonlights as a whirling dervish.



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