Indigenous Spoken Word & Poetry Presentation
Wednesday May 11
Admission is FREE!
Seasoned spoken word poets Alex Jacobs and Janet Rogers, both of the Mohawk nation, will present spoken word and performance poetry. Their poetry reflects contemporary cultural, political and social realities as Indigenous people of Turtle Island. Both poets draw from a strong history of oratory and breathe new life into current poetic styles pleasing to both the ears and eyes.
Janet Rogers 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, short fiction, science fiction, play writing, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poems with music. www.janetmarierogers.com
Alex Karoniaktahke Jacobs, born in 1953, is from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation, which straddles the U.S. and Canadian boarders. In addition to working as an artist, Jacobs is also a poet and spoken word performer. He was the Editor of Akwesasne Notes, a CKON Mohawk Nation Radio dj, and an ironworker. He attended Manitou Community College (LaMacaza, QC), the Institute Of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM), and received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in Creative Writing/Sculpture (1986). Jacobs’ assemblage/collage works garnered national and international recognition and has beencollected by the Museum of Anthropology (Berlin), the Museum of Anthropology (Frankfurt), Museum of FineArts (Boston), Heard Museum, the Southern Plains Indian Museum, the Institute of American Arts, the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, and others. Jacobs lives and works in Santa Fe.