poet, media artist - Janet Marie Rogers – spoken word, radio host
Victoria Poet Laureate 2012 -2015
Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, short fiction, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poems with music and script writing.
Janet has three published poetry collections to date; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011. She is presently creating a new collection “Peace in Duress” Talon Books for August 2014. Her poetry CDs Firewater 2009, Got Your Back 2012 and 6 Directions 2013 all gained nominations for best spoken word recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and the Native American Music Awards. You can hear Janet on the radio as she hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV fm and Tribal Clefs on CBC fm in Victoria BC. Her radio documentary “Bring Your Drum” (50 years of indigenous protest music) won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and she co-produced the Resonating Reconciliation radio doc winning Best Radio again in 2013.
Ojistah Publishing (Mohawk word for star) is Janet’s publishing label. ikkwenyes or Dare to Do is the name of the collective both Alex Jacobs and Janet started in 2011. Ikkwenyes won a Loft Literary Prize 2013 from which they will create poetry-based performance art that promotes Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) culture. Janet is also part of the Blood Council media artists collective with Mohawk media artists Jackson 2Bears and Alex Taylor Mccallum.