Tanya Evanson is a Montreal poet, performer, producer, educator and director of Banff Centre Spoken Word. She has released three studio albums, six artist books of poetry, an award-winning videopoem and in 2013 received the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Recent work includes guest editing Arc Poetry Magazine (Fall 2015) and publication in A Room of One's Own, ARC, Oratorealis, Cordite, Litlive, WomanSpeak, Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Gooselane 2015) and Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac 2013). Spoken word performance highlights include Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Glastonbury Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, Blue Met, Words Aloud, When Sisters Speak, Bowery Poetry Club, Verses, CBC and Canadian SLAM stages. A student of sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish (semazen) since 2002, she presents public sema internationally with groups Niyaz (Iran-US), Mercan Dede (Turkey), Rumi Canada and Vancouver Rumi Society. In fall 2016, she launches her fourth album ZENSHIP with performances in Canada, UK, Australia and Indonesia.

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