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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.


Raw mind, over-acuteness of senses, vulnerability – as real as you can stand it

At  Clozapine Clinic – The Frater Project  we seek submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay, multimedia – and anything in between – that engages with experiences of individual and societal madness, and which highlight the creativity, synchronicity and meaning that can come with such experiences. 

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The Vault

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  • Taut and Quivering Narrative Traction: Susan Hawthorne's Limen
    Review by Lucy Alexander Limen is the notion of barely perceptible difference, where the senses can barely detect that there is sound, for example, or that the river has edged ... Read More
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    Review by Bel Woods If Puberty Blues was one extreme of teenage beach culture, Cargo is another. It’s the loners; the kids who mature quietly at the fringes, drift, dip their toes into the ... Read More