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Our Featured Writer


Janet Marie Rogers

Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Toronto, Ontario, and is currently of no fixed address as she is awarded residency after residency throughout 2018-2019. 

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. She was the City of Victoria Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014.

Janet's literary titles include: Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions 2007), Red Erotic (Ojistah Publishing 2010), Unearthed (Leaf Press 2011), Peace in Duress (Talonbooks 2014), Totem Poles and Railroads (ARP Books 2016) and As Long As the Sun Shines, (Bookland Press 2018).






Artist's Statement

‘Make Me’ is an erotic poem with a developed performance which borrows from Indigenous ceremony and brings in sensuous elements that exemplify the grounded and tactile nature of Indigenous love and sensuality/sexuality.

View more of Janet's video performances on Vimeo and YouTube.

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