||Tanya Evanson is a poet, performer, arts organizer and educator. Born and based in Montreal, Quebec after many years in Vancouver BC and Istanbul Turkey, her spoken word poetry
and workshops have been featured across Canada since 1995. Highlights
include Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Spoken Word
Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Beats Without Borders, Poetry
Gabriola Festival, International Vancouver Storytelling Festival, When
Sisters Speak, ZeD TV and SLAM stages alongside such artists as John
Giorno, Ursula Rucker, Michael Franti, Ted Joans, Sheri-D Wilson, bill
bissett and Bob Holman. She has
published six poetry chapbooks, three studio albums of spoken wor.l.d
music, most recently Language for Gods (Mother Tongue Media 2012) and is co-creator of the award-winning videopoem Almost Forgot My Bones (2004). Her work has appeared in international documentaries, music recordings, TV, radio, film and print - of late The Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry
(Frontenac 2013). As Mother Tongue Media, she directs and produces arts events that
bridge disciplines and cultures. Current projects include ANU conceptual group art performances (2010-) and The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program (2012-). A student of sufism and whirling dervish since 2002, Tawhida Tanya Evanson has
performed and taught across Europe, Turkey, Japan, Canada and U.S.
as part of the Vancouver Rumi Society and musical groups Mercan Dede
(Turkey) and Niyaz (Iran-Canada). Don't walk, run to the truth.