To Whom it DOES concern with Janet Rogers
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About the Event
In this workshop and reading, participants will be invited to consider their real voice vs. their public voice through a letter writing exercise. Often times the letter is measured in tone, balance, information, clarity and intention. The letter may be written to produce reaction, response or simply to convey sentiments. Janet Rogers, a Mohawk poet living on the Six Nations territory of the Grand River will conduct the writing exercise and host the workshop titled To Whom it DOES Concern. Janet will read her own (2) letters as a guide and inspiration for participants to write their own letters. Participants will be invited to share their letters if time allows. The sample letters are avialiable here.
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Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia in 1963 and raised in southern Ontario. Janet traveled throughout 2017-2019 working within numerous residencies in Vancouver BC, Santa Fe NM and Edmonton AB. Janet is based on the Six Nations territory of the Grand River where she operates the Ojistoh Publishing label. Janet works in page poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. She is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and 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, “As Long As the Sun Shines” (English edition), Bookland Press 2018 with a Mohawk language edition released in 2019. “Ego of a Nation” is Janet’s 7th poetry title which she independently produced on the Ojistoh Publishing label 2020.
Janet currently serves as the McMaster University and Hamilton Public Library Writer in Residence 2020-2021.
Janet and collaborator Jackson Twobears as 2Ro Media. They combine their individual talents and skills along with National Screen Institute training to produce two short documentaries; NDNs on the Airwaves about Six Nations radio (APTN 2016), Moving Voice, a Telus STORYHIVE sponsored digital broadcast 2019 featuring the travels of literary trailblazer and Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson, and The Spirit of Rage a short experimental video poem about anti-racism.
Janet Marie Rogers
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
University of Lethbridge Gushul Artists Residency November 2017
Joy Kogawa Writer in Residence April-June 2018
Institute of American Indian Art Artist in Residence July-August 2018
University of Alberta Writer in Residence September 2018-May 2019
McMaster University & Hamilton Public Library Writer in Residence 2020-2021
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