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Posted: Monday July 21, 2014
Janet Rogers

photo courtesy of Anna Min | Min Enterprises Photography LLC

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in Ontario. She was born in Vancouver and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people in Victoria, British Columbia, since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken-word performance poetry, video poetry, recorded poetry with music, and script writing. From 2012 to 2014, Janet served as Poet Laureate of Victoria.

Janet has published three poetry collections to date: Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions, 2007), Red Erotic (Ojistah, 2010), and Unearthed (Leaf Press, 2011). Her poetry CDs Firewater (2009), Got Your Back (2012), and 6 Directions (2013) all received ­nominations for Best Spoken Word Recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and the Native American Music Awards.

Janet hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV and Tribal Clefs on CBC Radio One in Victoria. Her radio documentaries Bring Your Drum: 50 Years of Indigenous Protest Music and Resonating Reconciliation won Best Radio at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media festival in 2011 and 2013.

Ikkwenyes or Dare to Do is the name of the collective ­Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs and Janet created in 2011. Ikkwenyes won the Canada Council for the Arts Collaborative Exchange Award in 2012 and a Loft Literary Prize in 2013.

LATEST Janet Rogers NEWS

November 2015 : UNBC welcomes Janet Rogers as Writer in Residence

April 2015 : Book Review: Peace in Duress in Transmotion academic journal

April 2015 : Book Review: Peace in Duress in Muskrat Magazine

November 2014 : Launched! Our Fall 2014 “Septuplets”

November 2014 : New Arrivals, Right on Time for Tonight’s Launch

November 2014 : T-Minus One Week to Talon’s Fall 2014 Launch!

October 2014 : Peace in Duress to launch on Thursday

September 2014 : Peace in Duress Has Arrived!

August 2014 : Book Trailer: Peace in Duress by Janet Rogers

July 2014 : Our Fall 2014 Lineup!


Peace in Duress

Peace in Duress is a statement on the nature of the Two-Row Wampum treaty agreement between the Haudenosaunee or Six Nations peoples and the Canadian State, as Rogers sees it. Rogers’ poems attest that the agreement does not fare well, that there are many troubles brewing under the surface, it is these things that she brings to light through her powerful words. … through her poetry and performances, people will begin to understand that ‘Peace’ with Indigenous Peoples of these lands was indeed wrought under duress. Read and revel in the poetry of Janet Rogers and you will see that she offers an idea that now is the time to renegotiate the terms for ‘Peace.’”
Muskrat Magazine

“I have read so many poets (and artists’ manifestos) that basically baffle you with bullshit and word play and deliver no substance as you check yourself to see if you been robbed of something valuable, besides the time to read or endure it. But you will be rewarded by [Rogers’s] poetry … she will fill your pockets and your hearts with things you can use in everyday life and struggles.”
– Alex Jacobs, Indian Country Today Media Network

”There’s no place to hide in the poetry of Janet Rogers. For her, memory is a pen, a tool of vindication creating a new literature that breathes with nature and roars when it does. But nature in Peace in Duress is given by the land, and unnatural acts of history are to be countered in the poetic with a longing, chanting voice for word-medicine, justice, and reclamation ­beyond language. Rogers’s poetry marks the terrain with sounds braided in ­history and soars like the songs of a politically tuned cosmic map-maker who dares to delve into personal journey. Lyrically astute, faithful, and full of fire. Fierce and rightfully righteous! Rogers has written a Magna Carta for our times.”
– Lillian Allen

“Janet Rogers holds nothing back in her new book of poetry. If blood is to be exposed in this land, then her words will spill it. She unmasks issues people are too afraid to see. She tells it like it is and, with a true poetic voice, there is no need for apology.”
– Garry Gottfriedson

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