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The Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, McMaster University Library, and Hamilton Public Library welcome Janet Marie Rogers, the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence for 2020/21. 

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer who was born in Vancouver and currently lives on the Six Nations 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), 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 imagineNative Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013 and her six-part radio documentary NDNs on the Airwaves won two awards at the T.O. Webfest in 2018. Janet and Jackson Twobears collaborate as 2Ro Media which has developed a series of multi-channel media installations titled For This Land.

Interested in consulting with the Writer-in-Residence to discuss your work?

During the COVID-19 protocols for social isolation, Janet Rogers will serve as a Writer-in-Electronic-Residence. To arrange how to consult about your work electronically with Janet Rogers, email

Email Office Hours: 1-5 pm, Mondays-Thursdays

Read more about the Writer-in-Residence program here.