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Tanya Evanson is an award-winning poet, performer, producer and educator. Author of six artist books of poetry, her writing has appeared in literary journals and anthologies with recent publication in Cordite Poetry Review (Dec.2014), Canadian Review of Literature in Performance (Dec.2014), WomanSpeak - A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women (2014) and The Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House 2013). Fusing concentrated language with music in spoken word performance since 1996, she has released three studio albums including Language for Gods (2012) and the videopoem Almost Forgot My Bones (2004). Her spoken word has appeared internationally in films, music recordings, audio anthologies, TV, radio and online as well as in live performance at festivals across Canada and the U.S. Highlights include The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (2013 Poet of Honour), Calgary Spoken Word Festival (2013 Golden Beret Award), Bowery Poetry Club, 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 interdisciplinary projects, currently Sema Space | Espace Sema (Montreal 2014-), The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program (Banff AB 2012-) and ANU (Vancouver/Montreal 2010-). A student of Sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish, she has performed and taught since 2002 across Europe, Turkey, Japan, Canada and the 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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