Born and based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Tawhida Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer, arts educator and director of Banff Centre Spoken Word and ANU live arts events. She has published six artist books, launched four studio albums, two videopoems and toured across Canada, UK, South Africa and Australia. 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. “Bothism” (2017 Ekstasis Editions) is her first published poetry collection followed by “Nouveau Griot” (2018 Frontenac House). Other recent publications include Arc Poetry, WSQ Feminist Press, “Making Room” (Caitlin Press), and “Resist Much/Obey Little” (Dispatches Editions). She has fiction forthcoming in “Changing Face of Can Lit” (2020 Guernica Editions), is at work on a novella and moonlights as a whirling dervish.