Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, Banff Canada 2019

Tawhida Tanya Evanson has been facilitating innovative literary and performance workshops for youth, at-risk youth, BIPOC and writers at all levels across Canada and abroad since 2005.

She is current program director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Residency and specializes in poetry, spoken word performance, short fiction, drama and storytelling. She is interested in the return of literature to its oral, poetic, mystic and rhythmic roots.

Evanson's teaching and mentorship philosophy is based on the communicative approach combining twenty five years of professional arts experience with five years of full-time professional language teaching in Canada and abroad. Workshops are safe, trusting, participant-centered environments conducive to authenticity, creativity and craft for writers and performers at all levels.

She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature from Concordia University and certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and Turkish Language. Her spoken and written fluency includes English, French, Spanish and intermediate Turkish.

  • ELIXIR OF LIFE: free verse poetry
  • TURNING POINT: poetry & spoken word
  • SONIC SALON: spoken word performance
  • WRITING UNDER THE INFLUENCE: Sufi poetry and spoken word
  • PRIMA MATERIA: short fiction
Alliances and memberships:
  • Banff Centre for the Arts (faculty)
  • QWF Quebec Writers' Federation (board of directors)
  • WIC Writers in the Community (QWF)
  • LCP The League of Canadian Poets (full member)
  • Culture Education Culture in Schools Program / Répertoire de ressources culture-éducation
  • SOCAN Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada 
  • GMMQ Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Quebec
  • AIG Artists Inspire Grants (ELAN)
  • Poetry in Voice
  • NGN Northern Griots Network

What participants say:

"Not only did my writing muscles get a work out, my spirits were lifted."

"I felt alive in the process…and that gave me the key to the poem…by the time I was done I was quite eager to share it…so eager in fact that my heart was beating a wild tattoo against my rib cage…I could hear it…"

"So great. I am new to writing and performing and haven’t received much structure/training so this was informative and powerful."

"Well prepared, excellent communicator, very soulful and in tune with offering in creating a safe space for exploration."

Antigua Writes, Antigua West Indies 2017

Ubud International Writers Festival, Bali Indonesia 2016

International Language Schools of Canada, Vancouver Canada 2012

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