Tanya Evanson is a Montreal poet, performer, producer and program director of Banff Centre Spoken Word. She tours internationally, has released four audio recordings, six artist books of poetry and in 2013 received the 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 Oratorealis, Arc, Cordite, Litlive, WomanSpeak, More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (YYZBOOKS 2016) and Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Gooselane 2015). Spoken word performance highlights include Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Australia's Story-Fest, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Blue Met, Suoni per il Popolo, Words Aloud, Bowery Poetry Club, Verses, CBC and Canadian SLAM stages. A student of sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish since 2002, she presents Sufi whirling internationally with groups Niyaz (Iran-US), Mercan Dede (Turkey), Rumi Canada and Vancouver Rumi Society. She is currently working on a short film, poetry manuscript and touring in support of her latest recording ZENSHIP.

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