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Tanya Evanson is a poet, performer, producer and educator. She is program director of Spoken Word at The Banff Centre in Banff Alberta, directs annual ANU interarts performances across Canada and holds Sema Space whirling meditation sessions in Montreal. On stage since 1996, her spoken word has been featured widely across North America and she has an award-winning videopoem and three studio albums under her belt. Spoken word performance 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, Verses, Words Aloud, 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 and Bob Holman. Author of six artist books of poetry, her work also appears in literary journals and anthologies with recent publication in Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Gooselane 2015), WomanSpeak - A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women (WomanSpeak 2014), The Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (Frontenac 2013), Cordite Poetry Review and Canadian Review of Literature in Performance. A student of sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish since 2002, she has performed and taught across Europe and North America as part of the Vancouver Rumi Society, Rumi Canada and music acts Mercan Dede (Turkey) and Niyaz (Iran-Canada). She lives multilingually in Montreal, Quebec where she is currently guest editor for the fall 2015 issue of ARC Poetry Magazine and at work on a new album, short film and poetry manuscript entitled Bothism.





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