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Lunch & Lit with Janet Rogers

Date & Time:
February 15, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Gallery Hall (Taylor Family Digital Library)
Janet Rogers

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program in welcoming Janet Rogers, the 2018–19 University of Alberta Writer-in-Residence.

Janet will give a free, public reading on February 15 at Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library. Light refreshments will be available, and there will be a book giveaway after the reading!

Janet Rogers (courtesy of Janet Rogers)Janet Marie Rogers has held a number of titles, including Victoria British Columbia Poet Laureate (2012-2015), OCAD Indigenous Visual Culture NIGIG Visiting Artist (2016), Joy Kogawa Writer in Residence (2018). She is currently the University of Alberta Writer-in-Residence.

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.

Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Red Erotic, Un-earthed, Peace in Duress, and Totem Poles and Railroads. Her most recent book, As Long As the Sun Shines, was published by Bookland Press in 2018.

She produced and hosted Native Waves Radio on CFUVfm from 2007-2017. Her music column Tribal Clefs was part of CBC Victoria’s programming from 2008-2016. Her radio documentaries, “Bring Your Drum: 50 years of Indigenous Protest Music” and “Resonating Reconciliation,” won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013, and her 6-part radio doc series NDNs on the Airwaves won two awards at the T.O. Webfest in 2018.

Janet Rogers and Ahkwesase Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs make up the poetry collective Ikkwenyes, which produced the poetry CD Got Your Back and won the Loft Literary Fellowship prize 2014. The 2Ro Media Collective is a production collective she and Mohawk media artist Jackson Twobears operate which produced the short experimental documentary NDNs on the Airwaves about CKRZfm Six Nations radio. 2Ro Media also developed the multiple media project titled For This Land presented as multi-channel media installations in several galleries and public venues.

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