Tawhida Tanya Evanson
Tawhida Tanya Evanson (Canada) is an Antiguan-Québecoise poet, author and artist from Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. She has published six artist books and her two poetry collections are Bothism (Ekstasis 2017) and Nouveau Griot (Frontenac 2018). Her first novel Book of Wings is forthcoming from Véhicule Press in 2021, and she has recent work in The Fiddlehead, UPPERCASE and Changing the Face of Canadian Literature (Guernica). With a 20-year practice in the spoken word, she has performed at literary and arts festivals in more than a dozen countries, released four studio albums and six videopoems including the award-winning Almost Forgot my Bones. In 2013, she was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre. She is programme director for Banff Centre Spoken Word, sits on the board of directors for the Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) and produces local inter-arts events. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.