Tanya Evanson

Tanya Evanson is a poet, performer, producer and educator. Active since 1996, her spoken word has featured widely across North America, and she has an award-winning videopoem, three studio albums and six artist books of poetry under her belt.

In 2013 she 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 and publication in Cordite, Canadian Review of Literature in Performance, “Where the Nights Are Twice As Long” (Gooselane 2015), “WomanSpeak - A Journal of Writing and Art by Caribbean Women” (WomanSpeak 2014) and “The Great Black North - Contemporary African Canadian Poetry” (Frontenac 2013). Performance highlights include the Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Words Aloud, When Sisters Speak, Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, Verses, CBC and SLAM stages. A student of Sufism and classically-trained whirling dervish since 2002, she has performed and taught across Turkey, Europe and North America as part of music acts Mercan Dede (Turkey) and Niyaz (Iran-Canada).

Based in Montreal, she teaches writing and meditation, is director of Spoken Word at The Banff Centre and at work on a new album, short film and poetry manuscript called Bothism.