Join us for opening night in partnership with Blyth Festival & Huron County Community Foundation.
SPOKEN WORD PERFORMANCE
Friday, June 2, 2023 - 7:00pm
Blyth Memorial Community Hall, 431 Queen Street, Blyth
January Rogers will present selected readings from her latest poetry collection Ego of a Nation released on her publishing label Ojistoh Publishing, in 2020 during the height of the Covid pandemic lockdown. As a spoken word poet, January will draw from her archive of rich oratory in this combination page and performed poetry offering.
January is a Mohawk/Tuscarora poet, media producer, performance and sound artist. She lives on her home territory of Six Nations of the Grand River where she operates Ojistoh Publishing and Productions. She has seven published poetry titles and wrote and produced a comedy web series titled NDNs on the Airwaves (2022) and a stage play titled Blood Sport (2022) currently in development with Factory Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts. January combines her literary talents with her passion for media making to produce audio and video poetry. Her video poem Ego of a Nation won Best Music Video at the American Indian Film Festival in 2020 and her sound piece The Battle Within won the Best Experimental Sound prize at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival in 2021. She is Western University’s Writer in Residence (2022/23) and is one of Audible Indigenous Writers Circle mentors for 2022 and 2023.