|Tanya Evanson is a poet, performer, producer and educator. She is director of Spoken Word at The Banff Centre, and also directs ANU live interarts and Sema Space meditation sessions.
In spoken word performance since 1996, she has featured widely at festivals and events across Canada and the U.S while releasing an award-winning videopoem (Almost Forgot My Bones 2004) and three studio albums, most recently Language for Gods (2012).
Performance highlights include The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2013 Poet of Honour), Calgary Spoken Word Festival (2013 Golden Beret Award), Bowery Poetry Club, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Verses, Words Aloud, Beats Without Borders, When Sisters Speak, ZeD TV and SLAM stages alongside such artists as Ursula Rucker, Michael Franti, John Giorno, Ted Joans, Sheri-D Wilson and Bob Holman.
Author of six artist books of poetry, her work appears in literary journals and anthologies, with recent publication in Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Gooselane 2015), WomanSpeak - A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women (WomanSpeak 2014), The Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac 2013), Cordite Poetry Review and Canadian Review of Literature in Performance.
A student of sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish, she has performed and taught since 2002 across Europe, Turkey, Japan, Canada and the U.S. as part of the Vancouver Rumi Society and music acts Mercan Dede (Turkey) and Niyaz (Iran-Canada).
She lives multilingually in Montreal, Quebec where she is currently guest editor for the fall 2015 issue of ARC Poetry Magazine and at work on a new album, short film and poetry manuscript entitled Bothism.
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