Janet Rogers, facilitator of pacific voices X-Change.
Janet Marie Rogers served three years as Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria, and is currently the Writer in Residence at University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). PPP considers it an honour to have had this esteemed artist and powerful mentor facilitating the two week-long Pacific Voices X-Change project, and appreciates the significant contribution that she regularly makes to our organization.
Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver BC and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, BC) since 1994. Janet's work spans the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry, and recorded poetry with music and script writing. Janet has four published poetry collections to date; Splitting the Heart (Ekstasis Editions 2007), Red Erotic, (Ojistah Publishing 2010), Unearthed, (Leaf Press 2011), and Peace in Duress (Talonbooks 2014). 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 has also produced two radio documentaries which were award recipients at the imagineNAtive Film and Media Festival.