Janet Rogers

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Janet Marie Rogers (born January 29, 1963) is a First Nations Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Ontario Six Nations.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Vancouver. Since 1994, Rogers has lived on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people in Victoria on Vancouver Island.[1] First working as a visual artist, she began writing in 1996.[2] Janet Rogers moved to the Six Nations reserve June 2019 where she is initiating a book press Ojistah Publishing and a Six Nations Inaugural Literary Award (SNILA).

Published Works[edit]


  • Splitting the Heart (2007) Ekstasis Editions
  • Red Erotic (2010) Ojistah Publishing
  • Unearthed (2011) Leaf Press
  • Peace in Duress (2014) Talon Books
  • Totem Poles and Railroads (2016) ARP Books
  • As Long as the Sun Shines (2018) Bookland Press, Mohawk edition translated by Jeremy Green (2019)


  • Firewater (2009)
  • Got Your Back (2012)
  • 6 Directions (2013)
  • As Long As the Sun Shines (2018) companion recording on reverbnation


Rogers has been nominated in the category Best Spoken Word Recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and the Native American Music Awards.[1] She has also been featured at the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam, where she performed her spoken word poem "Opposite Directions" in 2013.[3]

Rogers has hosted the radio programs Native Waves Radio on CFUV and Tribal Clefs on CBC Radio One Victoria. She produced the radio documentaries Bring Your Drum: 50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music Resonating Reconciliation, which received awards for Best Radio at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.[1] She produced a 6-part radio documentary titled NDNs on the Airwaves 2016 and a short doc of the same title with her media team 2Ro Media.[4]

From January 2012 to November 2014, Rogers was Victoria's Poet Laureate.[5] In 2015, she was named writer in residence for the University of Northern British Columbia.[6] In September 2018, Rogers began a year-long writer in residence position at the University of Alberta.[7]

Rogers formed the collective Ikkwenyes (Dare to Do) with Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs. The collective has received a Collaborative Exchange Award from the Canada Council for the Arts and a Loft Literary Fellowship prize from The Loft Literary Center.


  1. ^ a b c d "Janet Rogers". Talon Books.
  2. ^ a b "Janet Marie Rogers". strongnations.com.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccCh83pq7ew
  4. ^ "Mohawk broadcaster Janet Rogers launches NDNs on the Airwaves". CBC Indigenous. Retrieved 2020-03-02.
  5. ^ "Thank You Janet Rogers Victoria's Third Poet Laureate". City of Victoria. Archived from the original on 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-07-05.
  6. ^ "UNBC welcomes Janet Rogers as Writer in Residence". Talon Books.
  7. ^ "Mohawk poet Janet Rogers raises her voice and others to claim Indigenous space | Faculty of Arts". www.ualberta.ca. Retrieved 2020-01-24.

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