Press release, St. John’s, Antigua – January 16, 2017: Poets, spoken word artists, creatives and persons who want to write poetry will have an opportunity to work with award winning, Montreal based poet, teacher and producer, Tanya Evanson at a one day Just Write Writers’ Retreat on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.

Evanson will teach a session on Bothism, which traverses silence and sound in the creation of spoken word.  As Evanson explains participants will do more than write: “Through meditation, investigation, magical editing and unique vocal exercises, we will turn quiet literature into loud orature that is unleashed in a non-competitive spoken word cabaret. And all the participants need is passion, patience, paper, pen, mind, body and voice.”

This is the fourth Just Write Writers’ Retreat organised by writer, Brenda Lee Browne and is the first focusing on spoken word: “The popularity of spoken word events over the last five years has unearthed a wealth of talent and I believe that all writers and creatives can benefit from working with other writers/creatives. This one day retreat is open to young, established and persons thinking about writing poetry, dub/hip hop performers, story tellers and writers. And it is a fantastic opportunity to work with such a talented and passionate creative.”

Past Just Write Writers’ Retreat facilitators include: Joanne C. Hillhouse, Marie Elena John, Chadd Cumberbatch and Mark Brown.

The One day retreat will cost EC$100 for persons U21 and EC$150 for adults 22 and over. Scholarships are available. Interested persons can email: or check the Just Write Face Book page.

Bio: Tanya Evanson is a Montreal poet, performer, producer, educator and program director of Banff Centre Spoken Word. She tours internationally, has released four audio recordings, six artist books of poetry and in 2013 received the Golden Beret Award and was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Recent work includes guest editing Arc Poetry Magazine (Fall 2015) and publication in Arc, Oratorealis, Cordite, Litlive, WomanSpeak, More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (YYZBOOKS 2016) and Where the Nights Are Twice As Long (Gooselane 2015). Spoken word performance highlights include Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, Australia’s Story-Fest, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Vancouver Writers Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Calgary Spoken Word Festival, Blue Met, Suoni per il Popolo, Words Aloud, Bowery Poetry Club, Verses, CBC and SLAM stages worldwide. She is currently at work on a short film, poetry manuscript and performing in support of her latest recording ZENSHIP.


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