Antiguan-Quebecoise writer Tawhida Tonya Evanson will be travelling from her hometown of Montreal to perform in Toronto in May 2023 as part of "Ruminations Festival". Evanson is a poet, spoken word arts educator and dancer who has performed widely across Canada and internationally.
Her published biography expands on her expansive expertise, experience, accomplishments and vociferously varied and voluminous interests:
"...a poet, authour, multi-discciplinary artist, producer and arts educator. Her two poetry collections are "Bothism" (2017) and "Nouveau Griot" (2018) and her first novel "Book Of Wings" (2021) was a finalist for the 2022 Nouvel Apport Prize, was on the 2022 CBC Canada Reads longlist and one of Quill and Quire's 2021 Books Of The Year. With a 25-year practice in spoken word poetry, she has performed in over a dozen countries, released four studio albums and six video poems and featured in the award-winning short film "Almost Forgot My Bones". In 2013, she was Poet-Of-Honour at the Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word and received the Golden Beret Award from the League Of Canadian Poets, the national Canadian poets' unions, for her contribution to the genre. She is director of the Calgary, Alberta's Banff Centre for the Arts' Spoken Word Program and Vice-President of the Quebec Writers Federation.