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Nouveau Griot

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6 x 9 inches


Nouveau Griot is the result of 20 years on stage and in studio. It is the text from four spoken word audio recordings made between 2004-2016: Invisible World, The Memorists, Language for Gods and ZENSHIP. This work is in the continuum of the griot, which is a french African word meaning “poet, singer and traveling musician […] to whom supernatural powers are often attributed.”

About the Author

Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian writer, performer, producer and educator from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She presents spoken word internationally, has released four audio recordings, and is director of the Banff Centre Spoken Word Program and ANU live art. Notable performances include Suoni per il Popolo, Vancouver Writers Festival, Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, Ubud Writers Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival and Glastonbury Festival. Her first book of poetry Bothism (2017 Ekstasis Editions) is performed as a live videopoem and other recent publications include Arc Poetry Magazine, WSQ Feminist Press, Making Room-40 Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press), and Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches Editions). She is a past recipient of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the 2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.

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