She was born in Vancouver. Since 1994, Rogers has lived on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people in Victoria on Vancouver Island. First working as a visual artist, she began writing in 1996. 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).
She has published six collections of poetry:
- 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 Bookland Press (2018) Mohawk edition July 2019
Rogers has also published poetry recordings on CD and online:
- Firewater (2009)
- Got Your Back (2012)
- 6 Directions (2013)
As Long As the Sun Shines (2018) companion recording on reverbnation
They 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. Rogers has also been featured at the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam, where she performed her spoken word poem "Opposite Directions" in 2013.
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. 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.
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.
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