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Interviews, Reviews

Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy’s conversation with Janet Marie Rogers about poetry and poetics is on Lemon Hound today. Very interesting reading--click.

Listen to the CBC The Next Chapter: Janet Marie Rogers talking poetics with Shelagh Rogers. Here is a link to the stream.

"Janet Marie Rogers demonstrates... her ability to combine spoken word protest with more formalistic page poetry, and also her catalytic role when sharing her gutsy, realistic, and inspirational voice for First Nations people on either side of the 49th Parallel (for those who believe in such a thing)." See Garry Thomas Morse's Geomantic Reposte here.

That's some potent cup of coffee! Toronto's Black Coffee Poet Jorge Antonio Vallejos interviewed Janet Marie Rogers. Read it here. And the book review here.

"Provocative First Nations Writer is Victoria's Third Poet Laureate." Click here to read the Victoria Times Colonist article.

"Bookworms: Victoria's Literary Lights" Click here to read the Monday Magazine article.

Monday Magazine: "City Names New Poet Laureate."

Focus Magazine: "Strong Words"

2011|5.5 x 8.5|108 pp|978-1-926655-33-8|$17.95


poetry by Janet Marie Rogers

“Funny and powerful, Janet Marie Rogers takes us on an intimate journey into a place between poetry and story. The cumulative effect is haunting and devastating – a lovely, searing collection.”
                                           Eden Robinson

“ ... it’s evident Janet Rogers is a spiritual descendant of the Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson, very much working aesthetically in the now. Rogers’ poems, personal or philosophical, outraged or satirical, are burgeoning lyrics, alive to her and our place in this Native land on this spinning planet, and, thankfully, her ‘ancestral GPS’ is working.”                                               
                                          Daniel David Moses

Janet Marie Rogers is the Poet Laureate of Victoria, B.C.

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, science fiction, play writing, spoken-word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poems with music.

Her first published collection of poems is titled Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions, 2007), which contains a companion CD of the same name. Janet has collaborated with musicians as a lyricist and has read with dance troupes, creating unique segments of mixed media presentations.

Janet’s second video poem was launched in October 2009 and titled What Did You Do Boy in support of a spoken-word track from her CD Firewater, which earned nominations at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards 2009 and the Native American Music Awards 2010.

The radio documentary Bring Your Drum, which she hosted and co-produced, won the Best Radio award at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival in Toronto—an international festival that celebrates indigenous film makers and media works. Click here to listen.

You can hear Janet on the air waves hosting Native Waves Radio, Vancouver Island’s only native radio program, on CFUV 101.9 FM in Victoria; and “Tribal Clefs,” a native music column, on CBC Radio One’s program All Points West in British Columbia.

Ojistah Publishing (Mohawk word for star) is Janet’s publishing label from which Red Erotic, a collection of indigenous erotic poetry and artwork was released in November 2010.

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