Tanya Evanson is a Montreal-based poet, performer, producer and educator. Fusing concentrated language with music in spoken word performance since 1996, she has released three studio albums including Language for Gods (2012), the award-winning videopoem Almost Forgot My Bones (2004) and six artist books of poetry. Her spoken word has been featured internationally in film, music, TV, radio, print and online as well as in live performance at festivals across Canada and the U.S. with highlights at 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, 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, bill bissett, Bob Holman and Regie Cabico. She is also director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program and moonlights as a whirling dervish.
Tanya is [a] sound Fury who will go, not gently, into that good night.
Evanson’s subtle irony and figurative language is prolific and precise as she peels the dermis of her mind stripping each layer of thought from the trunk of her existence. Her language is strong, rich, and vibrant and comes across with the authority of the new era in Black Canadian thought.
-Anthony Joyette CACIQUE