Western’s 2022-23 Writer-in-Residence is January Rogers, a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River who aims to be an incubator of great ideas.
Rogers works in page poetry, spoken performance poetry, video poetry, and recorded poetry with music. She is a radio host, documentary producer and media and sound artist.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Southern Ontario, Rogers has honed her craft on various platforms. She currently lives in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory where she owns and operates Ojistoh Publishing and Productions.
“January Rogers is a wonderful choice for our Writer-in-Residence during the program’s 50th anniversary year, as she is a dynamic artist who works in many media – from print poetry to performative poetry to radio. , theater and new media,” said Pauline Wakeham, Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of English and Writing.
“January’s expertise in all of these areas reflects the evolving identity of English Studies and Writing as the home of multiple programs in literature, drama, performance and film. Additionally, January’s connection to her home community of Six Nations of the Grand River is essential to our vision of nurturing our relationships with local Indigenous nations and learning from the brilliant Indigenous artists of this region.
Rogers has produced and written for gallery and broadcast media with 2Ro Media since 2015. She won the American Indian Film Festival Best Music Video Award in 2020 for “Ego of a Nation,” her seventh poetry track that she independently produced on the Ojistoh Publishing label in 2020. She also won the 2021 imagineNATIVE Media Best Experimental Sound Award for her sound piece, “The Struggle Within”.
She wrote and produced a comedy audio pilot titled NDNS On Air, and in May 2022, she released a 10-episode web series she wrote of the same name.
His literary titles include: Divide the heartEditions Ekstasis 2007; Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010; EarthenLeaf Press, 2011; Peace under duressTalonbooks 2014; Totems and railroadsARP Books, 2016, As long as the sun is shining (English edition), Bookland Press, 2018, with a Mohawk language edition published in 2019 and a French translation published in 2021.
Rogers hopes to use his new role at Western as an incubator of ideas that will hopefully inspire others along the way.
“As I’m about to reach a milestone (60 years old) in my life, I continue to develop my skills and grow as a writer,” Rogers said.
“I have been blessed to make a living as a writer with a rich and diverse history as a poet and now work in the fields of play and screenwriting. I look forward to bringing all of my life’s experience to this role and I really hope other writers find inspiration in this.
Rogers will hold office hours in the English Studies and Writing department this fall.
Western’s Writers-in-Residence program, the longest running of its kind in Canada, celebrates 50 years in 2022-23. It hosted Alice Munro (who in 2013 won the Nobel Prize for Literature), Margaret Laurence, Emma Donoghue, Cherie Dimaline and many more.
The program is co-sponsored by the Department of English Studies and Writing, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities at Western, the Department of English, French and writing from King’s University College and by London. Public library.