Monday May 19, 2014

Shelagh's extended conversation with Janet Marie Rogers


She counts E. Pauline Johnson as an inspiration. Pauline was an 19th century Mohawk poet who performed her poetry on stages around the globe. These days they might call them spoken word artists. And that is what you are likely to find Janet Rogers doing. She just completed a three year term as the poet laureate in Victoria, BC. Janet joined Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter earlier this year to discuss the difference for her between the written and the spoken word.

Janet Marie Rogers is a very busy woman. She hosts two radio programs in British Columbia, one of them on CFUV in Victoria called Native Waves Radio.  She writes and performs poetry.  She's a drum maker and a teacher. And she's midway through her term as Victoria's poet laureate.
Janet is Mohawk/ Tuscarora from Six Nations territory in Ontario.  Fellow poet Daniel David Moses describes Janet as a spiritual descendant of the Mohawk poet Pauline Johnson. Janet's most recent collection of poems is called Unearthed.

We hope you enjoy this extended version of Shelagh's conversation with Janet Marie Rogers.