Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer and arts educator from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is also director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program.
With a history of 20 years in spoken word performance, she received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2013. Alongside features in documentaries, videopoems, tv and radio, notable live performances include Vancouver Writers Festival, Bowery Poetry (New York), Story-Fest (Australia), Ubud Writers Festival (Bali), Poetry Africa (South Africa), Edinburgh Book Festival (Scotland) and Glastonbury Festival (England).
Her fourth studio album and band project ZENSHIP (2016 Mother Tongue Media), received critical acclaim for pushing boundaries between poetry and live music. Following six artist books, Bothism (2017) is her first published poetry collection with Ekstasis Editions and Nouveau Griot (2018) is fresh from Frontenac House. Other recent print work includes Arc Poetry Magazine, WSQ-Feminist Press, Making Room (Caitlin Press), and Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches Editions). She moonlights as a whirling dervish.
(Photo credit: Temmuz Arsiray)