Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer and arts educator from Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is also director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program. With a history of 20 years in spoken word performance, she received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2013. Alongside features in documentaries, videopoems, tv and radio, notable live performances include Vancouver Writers Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival, Bowery Poetry (US), Story-Fest (Australia), Ubud Writers Festival (Indonesia), Poetry Africa (South Africa), Edinburgh Book Festival and Glastonbury Festival. Her stop at OBEY will feature a performance of her videopoem Bothism, an ‘experimental Sufi text that is both sorrow and joy, day and night, content and form, dot and circle, the threshold between worlds’.