The Artemis mission has not changed from its conception. Borne out of the writing workshops held for the victims of domestic violence in Southwest Virginia, Artemis Journal has been an advocate for social justice since 1977. We continue to pay tribute to those foundations today by advocating equal and fair treatment of all. Artemis strongly denounces all forms of discrimination. Whether it is a fight against sexism or racism, Artemis works to elevate the voices of all genders and backgrounds—and to provide a pathway for their art.
Our yearly journal highlights voices of artists and writers who uphold the values of the the Greek lunar goddess for which the journal was named–Artemis. As the archetype of the mother goddess, Artemis was protector of wild animals, the wilderness, young women, childbirth, and known as a carrier of light.
For the first few years, Artemis showcased the work of women from this group and in 1979 we expanded our scope to include men as well. Our literary editor, Maurice Ferguson was one of the first men to join our team and to this day continues as our esteemed editor.
Artemis Journal 2021 one of the few journals in America that blends art, poetry, and prose throughout its pages. Likewise, it remains one of the few journals that publish fledgling writers and artists alongside prominent writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Poet Laureates, Luisa Igloria, Ron Smith, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, U.S. Poet Laureates, Rita Dove, Natasha Trethewey, as well as prominent artists such as Donna Polseno, Betty Branch, and Bill White.
Artemis Journal 2020 is our 27th published journal to date and includes poetry from two Virginia Poet Laureates, Ron Smith and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and a U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey. Maurice Ferguson, Literary Editor of Artemis, received over 400 submissions this year came from across the United States as well as foreign countries, and includes 170 of the submissions.
“Season of Women” was the theme for the journal and was a centennial celebration of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote passed one hundred years ago. As we celebrate this momentous event, we honored an artist who was also born 100 years ago and made an impact on the art scene here in our hometown, nationally and internally. Dorothy Gillespie, 1920-2012, supported our fledgling idea of starting a feminist literary and art journal by donating a beautiful pastel for our very first cover. The energy she brought to our journal and our hometown was contagious and along with the journal, the idea was born to create the very first mural in our downtown.
More history/herstory of Artemis Journal
The Artemis 2019 was launched with a fundraiser on June 7, 2019, at the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art. The highlight the program was a special ballet dance performance, Poetry in Motion, interpreting selected poems from our journal by students from the nonprofit Southwest Virginia Ballet.
In the aftermath of the Women’s Marches of 2017, Artemis adopted this ancient proverb for the journal’s theme: “Women Hold Up Half the Sky.” Emblematic of this theme, we featured two women who have held up their part of the sky, Photographer, Sally Mann and Poet, Natasha Trethewey. Our cover image for Artemis 2019 is a stunning photograph from Sally Mann’s recent show, “Sally Mann—A Thousand Crossings,” which opened last year at the National Gallery of Art and has since traveled internationally. Our featured poet is U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, Natasha Trethewey, who opens our journal with her profound poem, “Reach.”
Artemis 2019 was dedicated to the acclaimed poet, Pulitzer Prize winner, Mary Oliver, who passed away in January. Her deep regard of nature and reverence for all living things have been guideposts for all of us. We also have poems by some of Virginia’s finest poets, including Virginia’s Poet Laureate, Ron Smith, acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni, as well as Linda Parsons, Susan Hankla, and Katherine Soniat.
Artemis 2019 expanded our literary range into science fiction short stories by collaborating with two California based non-profits, The Light Bringer Project & Hollywood National Organization for Women to create a special award, “Women Hold Up Half the Sky,” for a story with a feminist theme.
Artemis, now 45 years old, celebrates the voices and visions of artists and writers from the Appalachian region of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond. Like its namesake, the Greek lunar goddess, Artemis had the divine duty of illuminating the darkness and was the goddess of the hunt and protector of the natural world. Often she is depicted carrying a candle or torch, lighting the way for others and leading them through territories yet uncharted.
Artemis Journal provides an honored space for artists and writers to publish their contributions for cultural enrichment. Besides encouraging young artists and writers, Artemis has published many notable writers, including Virginia Poet Laureates, Carlton Drewry, George Garrett, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Ron Smith, United States Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey and artists, Betty Branch, Sally Mann, Bill White and Bob Sulkin.
Artemis is a charitable, non-profit organization made possible by generous contributions from our supporters, the Roanoke Arts Commission and The Taubman Museum of Art.
10% of our profits are donated to the Turning Point, a shelter for abused women and their children in Southwest Virginia.
Jeri Rogers, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Julia Fallon, Associate Editor
Donnie Secreast, Adam Gnuse, Literary Editors
Nikki Giovanni, Distinguished Poet
Page Turner, Art Editor
Zephren Turner, Layout Editor
Angela Dribben, Poet Liason Va. Poetry Society
Jonathan Rogers, Treasurer & Legal Advisor