After a full season of poetry slam, tonight we will conclude our quest to form the 2015 Vic Slam team who will go on to compete at this year's Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon.
8 poets have cleared their way through semi-finals in order to make this stage. They will be bringing the heat tonight. Be one of the first to see the 2015 Vic Slam Team!
$10 at the door.
Matthew Christopher Davidson
FEATURING: Janet Rogers, Victoria Poet Laureate
Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing.
Janet has three published poetry collections to date; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011. Her newest collection “Peace in Duress” will be released with Talon Books in September 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. You can hear Janet on the radio as she hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV fm and Tribal Clefs on CBC radio one fm in Victoria BC. 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.
Ikkwenyes or Dare to Do is the name of the collective Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs and Janet created in 2011. Ikkwenyes won a Canada Council for the Arts Collaborative Exchange award 2012 and a Loft Literary Prize in 2013.