Janet Rogers

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

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]

She has published four collections of poetry:

  • Splitting the Heart (2007)
  • Red Erotic (2010)
  • Unearthed (2011)[1]
  • As Long as the Sun Shines (2018)

Rogers has also published poetry recordings on CD:

  • Firewater (2009)
  • Got Your Back (2012)
  • 6 Directions (2013)

which have 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] Rogers 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 and Resonating Reconciliation, which received awards for Best Radio at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.[1]

From January 2012 to November 2014, Rogers was Victoria's Poet Laureate.[4] In 2015, she was named writer in residence for the University of Northern British Columbia.[5]

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 e "Janet Rogers". Talon Books.
  2. ^ a b "Janet Marie Rogers". strongnations.com.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccCh83pq7ew
  4. ^ "Thank You Janet Rogers Victoria's Third Poet Laureate". City of Victoria.
  5. ^ "UNBC welcomes Janet Rogers as Writer in Residence". Talon Books.

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