|Tanya Evanson is a poet, performer, producer and educator.
On stage since 1996, her spoken word has featured widely across North America, and she has an award-winning videopoem and three studio albums under her belt. She has been a Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and past recipient of The Golden Beret Award. Performance highlights include the Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Verses, Words Aloud, When Sisters Speak, Beats Without Borders, CBC Radio/TV and SLAM stages.
Author of six artist books of poetry, her work also appears in Arc Poetry Magazine (guest editor), Cordite Poetry Review and Canadian Review of Literature in Performance as well as Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Gooselane 2015), WomanSpeak - A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women (WomanSpeak 2014) and The Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac 2013).
A student of sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish (semazen) since 2002, she has performed and taught across Europe, Turkey, Japan, the U.S. and Canada as part of the Vancouver Rumi Society, Rumi Canada and music acts Mercan Dede (Turkey) and Niyaz (Iran-Canada).
From her base in Montreal, she is director of Spoken Word at The Banff Centre, teaches writing and meditation, and is at work on a new album, short film and poetry manuscript called Bothism.
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