A Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations territory in southern Ontario, Janet Marie Rogers was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people since 1994. She began her creative career as a visual artist and started writing in 1996. Her literary passions are her native heritage, feminism, historical territories, human love, sexuality and spirit. Janet has many anthology credits as a writer and receives many invitations to share her performance poetry all over North America. Her first collection of poems, Splitting the Heart, was published by Ekstasis Editions in 2007. Her most recent accomplishments include the creation of a video poem entitled “Rightful Place” and hosting Vancouver Island’s only native radio program on CFUV 101.9fm in Victoria called “Native Waves Radio.” Her poetry CDs Firewater, Got Your Back and 6 Directions 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.