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Indigenous Literary Reading

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
D. B. Weldon Library
Room: Atrium, main level

Stop in to Weldon Library Atrium to hear from award winning Indigenous poet Janet Marie Rogers followed by a student interview.

About 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
Gushul Artists Residency November 2017
Joy Kogawa Writer in Residence April-June 2018
IAIA Sunrise Springs Artist in Residence July-August 2018

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto Ontario and traveled throughout 2017-2019 working within numerous residencies in Vancouver BC, Santa Fe NM and Edmonton AB. She currently lives on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve.  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 and her sixth book As Long As the Sun Shines (English edition), Bookland Press 2018 with a Mohawk language edition released in 2019. 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 six-part radio doc series NDNs on the Airwaves won two awards at the T.O. Webfest in 2018.

Janet and Jackson Twobears collaborate 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) and Moving Voice, a Telus STORYHIVE sponsored digital broadcast 2019. 2Ro Media developed a series of multi-channel media installations for galleries and public venues titled For This Land.

This session is part of Western’s Annual Indigenous Awareness Week - January 20-28, 2020. Events are free and open to the public.  #WesternuIAW

Western is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Please contact us in advance if you have any particular accommodation requirements.

Indigenous Student Centre
Alison Wetheral - Student Engagement & Outreach Librarian
519 661-2111 x80368
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