Victoria British Columbia Poet Laureate 2012-2015
University of Northern British Columbia Writer in Residence 2015/2016
OCAD Indigenous Visual Culture NIGIG Visiting Artist 2016
Northern Comma Writer in Residence Sept.-Oct. 2017
Gushul Artists Residency November 2017
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 a 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 “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks 2014 and Totem Poles and Railroads ARP Books 2016 and a forthcoming title Between Spirit and Emotion, Bookland Press fall 2018. She produced and hosted Native Waves Radio on CFUVfm from 2007-2017. Her music column Tribal Clefs was part of CBC Victoria’s programming from 2008-2016. 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. The 2Ro Media Collective is a production company she and Mohawk media artist Jackson 2bears own and operate which produced the short experimental documentary NDNs on the Airwaves about CKRZfm Six Nations radio. 2Ro Media also developed the multiple media project titled For This Land presented as multi-channel media installations in several galleries and public venues. Janet produced a six-part radio documentary series titled NDNs on the Airwaves focused on the current history of native radio in Canada, launched in February 2016.