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Janet Marie Rogers

Victoria BC Poet Laureate 2012-2015

UNBC Writer in Residence 2015-2016

OCAD Indigenous Visual Culture NIGIG Visiting Artist 2016


Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto Ontario and is living as guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, documentary producer, media and sound artist.


Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions 2007), Red Erotic (Ojistah Publishing 2010), Unearthed (Leaf Press 2011), and Peace in Duress (Talonbooks 2014), and Totem Poles and Railroads (ARP Books 2016). You can hear Janet on the radio hosting Native Waves Radio on CFUV fm. Her radio documentaries "Bring Your Drum: 50 years of Indigenous Protest Music" and "Resonating Reconciliation" won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013.


Janet Rogers and Ahkwesase Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs make up the poetry collective Ikkwenyes, which produced the poetry CD Got Your Back and won the Loft Literary Fellowship prize 2014. 2Ro Media Inc is the production company she and Mohawk media artist Jackson Twobears own and operate which produced the short experimental documentary NDNs on the Airwaves about CKRZ fm Six Nations radio. Janet produced and launched a 6-part radio documentary series titled NDNs on the Airwaves focused on the current history of native radio in Canada, in February 2016.