Tawhida Tanya Evanson

Literary
Specialities: Creative writing, Spoken Word/Slam Poetry, Storytelling

Contact Info

Resides in
English Montreal

Social Media

Experience working with

  • Secondary 1 & 2
  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5
  • CEGEP

Lifelong Learners

  • Adult Learners

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • Yes

I have experience working with

  • Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Writers in the Communities Program
  • QWF Writers in CEGEPs, League of Canadian Poets (Poets in Schools), Brila, Wordplay/Wordcamp (Vancouver), Speakeasy Project (US)

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • No

School board areas you are available to work in

  • Eastern Townships
  • English Montreal
  • Lester B Pearson - within public transit area
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Laval
  • Western Quebec - Southern area (Hull, Wakefield etc)

Travel

  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
  • Locations must be accessible by train, bus or public transit. Thank you
Tawhida Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Québecoise poet, author and artist from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Author of two poetry collections, her first novel 'Book of Wings' is forthcoming from Véhicule Press in February 2021. With a 20-year practice in spoken word poetry, she has performed in over a dozen countries and released several studio albums and videopoems. She is current program director for Banff Centre's Spoken Word residency and moonlights as a whirling dervish.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

I have been facilitating innovative literary and spoken word performance workshops for youth, at-risk youth, BIPOC, and emerging/mid-career/established writers across Canada and abroad since 2005. With experience teaching essay, poetry, short fiction, drama and storytelling, my primary expertise is the interdisciplinary art form of spoken word, which emphasizes a combination of creative writing and performance skills. I am interested in the return of literature to its oral, poetic, musical and rhythmic roots. With a background teaching English as a Second Language for many years, my teaching philosophy is based on the communicative approach and propelled by 20 years of professional arts experience. Workshops are participant-centered, trusting environments conducive to authenticity, creativity and craft for writers and performers at all levels.

Video

'Mundo Gumbo' live at Poetry Africa Festival, Durban South Africa 2018 (begins @18:33)
'Temple Exercises' live at Banff Centre, Banff Canada 2017
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