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 and ANU live art.

Over a 20-year career in spoken word, she has performed in Canada, US, Mexico, Antigua, UK, Ukraine, Turkey, South Africa and Australia; published six artist books; recorded four studio albums; and released two 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.

Bothism (2017 Ekstasis Editions) is her first published poetry collection accompanied by the Bothism live videopoem. Her latest collection Nouveau Griot (2018 Frontenac House), gathers the texts from her four studio albums. She has published recently in Arc Poetry, WSQ-Feminist Press, Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press) and Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches Editions). With  fiction forthcoming in Changing Face of Can Lit (2020 Guernica Editions), she is at work on a novella and moonlights as a whirling dervish.

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