Tanya Evanson is a poet, performer, producer and educator. In 2012, she released her third studio album of spoken word and music entitled Language for Gods as well as her sixth artist book of poetry, Love Letter to Anatolia. Her videopoem co-creations include Death for Beginners (2006) and the award-winning Almost Forgot My Bones (2004),  her work is also featured in the recent anthologies WomanSpeak - A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women (WomanSpeak Books 2014) and The Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House 2013) as well as several international films, music recordings, TV, radio and print publications. Fusing concentrated language with music in her spoken word performance, she has been featured at festivals and events across Canada since 1996 with highlights at The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2013 Poet of Honour), Calgary Spoken Word Festival (2013 Golden Beret Award), Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, 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, bill bissett and Bob Holman. Through her company Mother Tongue Media, she directs and produces events that bridge disciplines and cultures including Sema Space | Espace Sema whirling meditation sessions (2014-), The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program (2012-) and ANU live art performances (2010-). A student of Sufism and whirling dervish since 2002, she has performed and taught across Europe, Turkey, Japan, Canada and 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.

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