Janet Rogers

Janet Marie Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, and Toronto, and has been living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, documentary producer, media and sound artist. Her literary titles include Splitting the Heart, Red Erotic, Unearthed, Peace in Duress, and Totem Poles and Railroads. Her radio documentaries “Bring Your Drum: 50 years of Indigenous Protest Music” and “Resonating Reconciliation” won Best Radio at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013.

Janet and Ahkwesase Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs make up the poetry collective Ikkwenyes, which produced the poetry CD Got Your Back and won the Loft Literary Fellowship prize 2014. 2Ro Media Inc. is the production company she and Mohawk media artist Jackson Twobears own and operate which produced the short experimental documentary NDNs on the Airwaves about CKRZ fm Six Nations radio. In February 2016, Janet produced and launched a 6-part radio documentary series titled NDNs on the Airwaves, which focused on the current history of native radio in Canada. Janet was the Victoria, British Columbia Poet Laureate from 2012-2015, UNBC Writer-in-Residence from 2015-2016, and the 2016 OCAD University Indigenous Visual Culture NIGIG Visiting Artist.

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