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]

Poetry[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)

Recordings[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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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