EVANSON, Tanya




Author Tags: Afro-Canadian

Lorna Goodison, Wayde Comptom and Tanya Evanson are among 90 contributors to the first national anthology to focus solely on poetry by African Canadians, Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry ($21.95), edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron, and launched during Black History Month in February of 2012. 978-1-897181-83-6

According to promotional materials:

Tanya Evanson of Vancouver is a Antiguan-Québécoise Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Vocalist, Whirling Dervish Dancer, Arts Educator and Director of Mother Tongue Media. She is the new Director of the Banff Centre Spoken Word Program and released “Language for Gods” on October 31, 2012, her third studio album of spoken wor.l.d music.

Montreal-born and based in Vancouver, Canada, she has published six poetry chapbooks, two studio albums “The Memorists” (2008) and “Invisible World” (2004), and has been performing multilingually across Canada since 1995. Her work is featured in the award-winning videopoem “Almost Forgot My Bones” (2004), documentaries “Generation Exile” (2010) and “In Search of Ecstasy” (2009) as well anthologies, international music recordings, national TV and radio. Spoken word performance highlights include Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Beats Without Borders, Poetry Gabriola Festival, International Vancouver Storytelling Festival and When Sisters Speak, alongside such artists as John Giorno, Ursula Rucker, Michael Franti, Ted Joans, Sheri-D Wilson, bill bissett and Bob Holman.

As Mother Tongue Media, she has been writing, editing, leading workshops and producing intercultural and interarts events since 2000 including “Tales of Ordinary Madness” spoken word series, “Under the Griot Tree” black History Month arts festival, as well as ANU 8, 9 and 10 conceptual group performances.A classically trained Whirling Dervish since 2002, she has performed and taught extensively across Europe, Turkey, Japan and Canada from her bases in Istanbul and Vancouver. Performance highlights include whirling with Mercan Dede, Natasha Atlas, Ludovico Einaudi and Niyaz at AKM (Turkey), Barbican (UK), Club Paradiso (Netherlands), Etnosur Festival (Spain) and Ars Electronica (Austria). Open your arms if you want to be held.