Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian writer, performer and educator from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is a graduate of Concordia University Creative Writing and director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program. Bothism (Ekstasis Editions 2017) is her first book of poetry and a second collection, Nouveau Griot, is forthcoming from Frontenac House in 2018. Recent publications include WSQ (Feminist Press), 40 Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press), Resist Much / Obey Little (Dispatches Edition) and Where the Night are Twice as Long (Goose Lane). Evanson has also released four audio recordings including ZENSHIP (Mother Tongue Media 2016) and recent international spoken word performances include Suoni per il Popolo, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and Glastonbury Festival. A past recipient of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, she was also Poet of Honour at the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.
photo: Temmuz Arsiray