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Artemis Journal has showcased compelling new voices for four decades, including notable writers ranging from Poet Laureates to Pulitzer Prize winners and first-time writers and artists. Over 2000 artists and writers have appeared in our journal. Artemis has served the Appalachian Region of the Blue Ridge Mountains with a rich history that has played an integral role in the success and perseverance of our journal.We are grateful for the continuing support of the Roanoke Arts Commission, The Taubman Museum, our contributors and donors.
Nikki Giovanni & Jeri Rogers, Editor Artemis Journal
HBO has acquired the Documentary which won the Sundance Film Festivals best documentary of 2023
In the opening scene of Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson’s searching documentary Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project, the poet Nikki Giovanni shows her cards: “I don’t remember a lot of things,” she says as images of a glittering galaxy and archival footage of the poet as a child flash onscreen. “I remember what is important and I make up the rest. That’s what storytelling is all about.”
Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project wants to let Giovanni choose how she is remembered without sacrificing an allegiance to linearity and mainstream appeal. So the documentary, anchored by the vivacious personality of its subject, blends its experimental inspirations (Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro) with the duty of a compositionally legible portrait (Timothy Greenfield Sanders’ Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am).
Javon Jackson with Nikki Giovanni and Nnenna Freelon
Friday, November 3, 2023, 7:30 PM
Moss Center Virginia Tech
Street and Davis Performance Hall, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre
“These songs are so important. They comforted people through times of slavery, and during recent years we needed them to comfort us again.”
— Nikki Giovanni
About The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni
Why would one of poetry’s most revered voices want to curate a jazz saxophonist’s album of gospel hymns and spirituals? “These songs are so important,” says Giovanni, one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Living Legends and a Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2017. “They comforted people through times of slavery, and during recent years we needed them to comfort us again. But a lot of the students today do not know about the history of these songs, and they should. So I’m out here putting water on the flowers, because they need a drink.”
“The spirituals have been around so long,” says the renowned poet, activist, and educator, who came to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s as a foundational member of the Black Arts movement following the publication of such early works as 1968 book of poetry Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgment and 1970’s Re:Creation.
“Some spirituals have been updated and stayed around and some have been lost over time,” Giovanni notes. “So for me, it’s just helping to keep something going. And I do it because there’s a need.”
Co-sponsored by the Black Cultural Center
A historic collaboration between renowned poet and Virginia Tech legend Nikki Giovanni and saxophonist-composer and former Jazz Messenger Javon Jackson has yielded The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni. For this intimate jazz performance, Jackson brings his bold-toned, Trane-inspired tenor lines to bear on a series of hymns, spirituals, and gospel numbers hand-picked by Giovanni. They are joined by celebrated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon.
Come join in the fun and support the Journal and Taubman Museum with a program featuring Singer, and songwriter, Lara Taubman and her band.
Following a career as an Art curator, Lara turned her attention to music and began writing, producing, and singing. Her intention has always been to create work that is healing.
“2021 was the year I began to cover some classic gospel songs. Singing those deep, healing sounds sparked something profound in my body and mind. I believe part of the reason I began writing music at all was so I could climb inside of a song, to embody it. The inspiration of classic gospel brought me that experience when I wrote these songs. Being from the South and my roots in Appalachian music are not far from classic gospel music. The two kinds of music have always intermingled historically. In a way, these new songs have brought me closer to my southern background but in a deeper, more spiritual way.” Lara Taubman
“That ol’ feeling you get listening to good lo-fi music via hi-fi just got a retro update via Lara, channeling the likes of Patsy Cline and other ol’ giants of a smoky lounge scene with that signature sound that is captivatingly Lara and totally original.” RYAN MARTIN JAMMERZINE
We will also honor Dr. Sandee McGlaun, associate professor of English and director of the Writing Center, who died Sept. 4 after a long battle with breast cancer.
Her husband, Steve Prisley, posted to her social media: “The earth has lost a beautiful soul today as Sandee McGlaun left her weary and wounded body after a long and determined battle with cancer. Visit her Still Life Beyond Cancer blog to read her encouragement to hold your loved ones close, always choose kindness, and savor each moment.”
Dr. Sandee McGlaun
Her poetry will appear in the Artemis Journal alongside artist Bob Rotche, who collaborated with Professor McGlann during her last days. Here is their work as it appears in the Artemis Journal. http://www.bobroche.com
Join Frederick Douglass (Nathan M. Richardson) for a conversation about the meaning of American Democracy in the words of the former slave-turned-writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Learn how his relationships with William Lloyd Garrison, Susan B Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and Presidents Lincoln, Johnson, Garfield, and Grant significantly influenced the suffrage movement, the antebellum, the civil war, and early Reconstruction. Hear Mr. Douglass explain his evolving views on the U S Constitution and American Democracy. Bring your own questions.
Nathan M. Richardson is a published author, performance poet, and Frederick Douglass Historian. His poetry collections include Likeness of Being, Twenty-one Imaginary T-shirts, and The 7 Last Poems of an Unarmed Citizen. Books featuring Nathan’s success story include; You Can Do That; (Amazing People with Amazing Jobs) By Michael Messick & (You Don’t Want Success Demolishing Fears And Excuses) by Miko Marsh. Nathan teaches a variety of workshops for emerging writers and spoken word artists.
Mr. Richardson is now in his 9th year of The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour – a living history performance that captures completely the physical, spiritual, and intellectual essence of the former slave, writer, orator, and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour has been seen live nationally and internationally and has film credits with the National Park Service and Alabama Public Television. Nathan’s recent rendition of the speech “Frederick Douglass Honors the Unknown Loyal Dead” was Nominated for Best Short Film at the 2022 I Will Tell Film International Festival.” You can learn more about Nathan Richardson and his work at www.scpublishing.com
Latest Podcast With Artist, Susan Saandholland
The arc of Susan’s career is amazing. Besides her commitment to Photography, It includes a six-year term as President of the American Kidney Fund. She has been represented in three galleries and continues her desire to be of creative service to artists, dancers, and musicians. Her video skills helped numerous artists worldwide to have virtual shows during Covid isolation. Artemis Journal is pleased to publish her latest work, “Wilderness” in the 2023 Journal.
Join Jeri Rogers, Editor of Artemis Journal as she interviews Artist Susan Saandholland
Here is a peek at the latest layout for Artemis 2023 featuring Susan’s work, “Wilderness”
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ICONIC ROANOKE MURAL GETS REFRESH
Great news! Back when we launched our very first Artemis Journal in 1977, Dorothy Gillespie donated a pastel for our cover. Lyn Yeatts and I then approached Roanoke Business leaders and the Roanoke Arts Council about creating a downtown mural in Roanoke. The wind caught the sails of our idea and the mural became Roanoke’s very first one in the city. Our legacy lives and Artemis Journal continues to create and support the arts. We are now in the final layout for our Artemis Journal 2023 which promises to be one of our very best, with 96 poets and 50 artists from our region, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and beyond. The official launch will be on September 1st at the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art.
Jeri Rogers, Editor, and Founder Artemis Journal
Gillespie Mural dedication, Doug Jackson, Roanoke Arts Commission Director, Pedro Salzay, Director of Southwest Virginia Ballet, William Penn, Chairman of RAC, Susan Jennings, Former Director of RAC, Katherine Devine, Artist, Jeri Rogers, Editor Artemis Journal
Roanoke, Va.- (April 24, 2023) – This week, fresh coats of paint are being applied to “Accentuated Forms in Space,” the well-loved but much-faded work of public art on the side wall of downtown Roanoke’s 312 2nd Street, SW. Painted in 1979 from a 1975 design done in pastel by renowned artist Dorothy Gillespie, the work has been called “fluid and playful.” The late Cabell Brand, President of Total Action for Progress (TAP), stated about the design, “Its colors harmonize just like people in a community should harmonize. It shows what beauty can be when everyone works together.” The mural was the result of a collaboration between the artist and the region’s arts community to celebrate the Artemis Festival of Women in the Arts. Partners included Artemis Journal- which featured the work on its first cover–philanthropists Warner and Carol Dalhouse, and Ann Lee, who then owned the property.
For more than two decades, area residents and art lovers have called for a revival of the work, something that just recently became possible. “We were able to bring together good partners eager to make this work,” says Roanoke Arts Commission Chair Meighan Sharp. “Sometimes it just takes time for the stars — like Gillespie’s “Accentuated Forms in Space”— to align, and this year it came together quickly.”
2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the Roanoke Arts Commission, and the volunteer, 15-member body appointed by City Council voted in March to undertake the project in celebration of ‘forty years of progress, fun, and art.’ Sharp continues, “In many ways, you can see Dorothy Gillespie’s gift to the city in the late Seventies as seeding the strong public and community art program we have today, and appropriately in the Year of the Artist, we’re celebrating this Roanoke daughter and art legend.”
2020 was the centennial of the artist’s birth in Roanoke, and her son, Gary Israel, through the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation, has worked in communities across the county to showcase the joyful painting, sculpture, and activism to which the artist dedicated her life.
“This mural is significant,” says Israel. “It is one of only two murals of my mother’s work produced in her lifetime, and it’s the only one that remains. It’s wonderful that it’s here in the community so beloved to her.”
The City of Roanoke has piloted a public-private partnership strategy that allows public funds to support public-facing art on private property. “It’s been allowed by our public art policies and plan for a while now,” says Sharp, “but until we developed the “Art in Place” program, we didn’t have the tools to encourage and shape these projects.”
For the refurbishment of the mural, committed partners have collaborated and contributed financial resources. Those include Downtown Roanoke, Inc. (DRI), property owner Quintessence Properties, led by Peter “Reyn” Holden, and the Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation.
We are off to a busy start, all submissions are now in and our Editors are making selections for the next journal. Thank you to all who have made submissions and to our supporters. The Artemis 2023 will be released next summer with an official launch at the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art in the Fall. Stay tuned for details.
In the meantime, our Podcast, Artemis Speaks is now in the 3rd season with 40 interviews of artists and writers from our library. A big thanks to my co-producer, Skip Brown of Final Track Studio, who makes the magic happen.
Skip Brown, Producer recording Jordan Harmen singing our Posdcast theme song “Slow Down”
Susan Hankla Poet has s long history with Artemis. Back in 1977, as a young writer, Susan’s poetry appeared in the very first edition of Artemis Journal. VA. For many years she worked as a traveling poet-in-the-schools working with underserved communities in Virginia, through generous grants from The Virginia Commission on the Arts. This made her love of teaching creative writing grow into reaching out to the Richmond community offering adult writing classes at the VMFA Studio School, The Visual Arts Center, & The University of Richmond. Her debut collection of poems, Clinch River, was released in 2017 and her second poetry book was just released, titled I’m not Evelyn published by Groundhog Press.
Nikki Giovanni, Poet
1977 Artemis Journal cover image, Passages V by Sam Krisch
Go to our Podcast section to hear Artemis Speaks interviews
As we close this year, we want to thank all that support our mission, The Roanoke Arts Commission, The Taubman Museum of Art, Final Track Studios, our artists and writers, and readers. We have had a successful year, publishing our latest journal, Artemis 2022, virtually traveling around the Moon with Artemis 1 Lunar Craft, and finishing our 3rd season of Artemis Speaks Podcast.
Keep your seat belts on for a great ride! As a non-profit, we have survived 45 years and looking forward to another successful year.
Jeri Rogers, Editor & Founder
Editorial Staff; Julia Fallon, Associate Editor Page Turner, Art Editor Zephren Turner, Layout Editor Donnie Secreast, Poetry Editor Adam Gnuse, Poetry Editor Nikki Giovanni, Distinguished Poet Virginia Fowler, Critic Editor Jonathan Rogers, Legal Advisor Skip Brown, Audio Editor
New Podcast to end our year featuring Betty Branch, Sculptor
Betty Branch is an artist who is constantly reinventing herself. Her media is diverse; She sculpts in wax, clay, fiber, straw, and stone. Throughout her career in intensive production, she has culled visual references from ancient matriarchal civilizations to current cultural events, from Greece to the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Her work is defined by lifelong tenets: the body, rites of passage, the intersection between land and form, and the myth and form of crow and raven.
Branch’s award-winning art has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad, with works from small to monumental in private, corporate, university, and museum collections. She maintains a studio and gallery in Roanoke, VA.
Starroot grew up in Southern Germany and started to create art at an early age, inspired by nature and her unlimited fantasy. She explored and practiced conscious dreaming in her early childhood. She is an entirely self-taught artist. When she was 30 years old, she had a life-changing Out of Body experience in a car accident. Starroot opened more and more for visions coming to her. In 1986 she moved with her two children to Tennessee and then to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Regional culture kicked into a big gear on Friday at the Taubman Museum of Art. Our September launch featured our guest speaker, acclaimed poet, Nikki Giovanni. Our sold out crowd cheered our program which also had Southwest Virginia ballet Companie’s student dancer, alexis Potter performing along with Nikki giovanni’s reading of her poem, “Fall in Love, (for Artemis). Jordan Harmon, musican perfored music for the event.
The museum played host to two events in one. Roanoke’s annual Artemis Journal, devoted to Southwest Virginia artists and writers, had its launch party. “For the Love of a Book” is the theme for the 45-year-old publication’s latest iteration. The journal, developed from writing workshops for domestic violence victims in the region, this year features works that Nikki Giovanni inspired with her poem, “Fall in Love (For Artemis).”
The publication also features former U.S. Poet laureate Natasha Trethewey; Virginia poet laureates Ron Smith and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda; and Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa Igloria. Artists and writers from Floyd County — Colleen Redman, Katherine Chantal, Starroot and Lisal Kayati — are in the pages, along with more creators from around the world, according to information that Artemis editor Jeri Rogers provided.
Join us for a night of art and poetry as Artemis Journal launches its 2022 edition!
Featuring readings from acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni, original performances from Southwest Virginia Ballet, and artwork from painter Steven Kenny (whose work graces this year’s cover), the evening promises to be filled with lively conversation and engaging entertainment!
5-6 pm: Catch up with friends and meet new ones while enjoying a cash bar, light refreshments, and open galleries 6-7:30 pm: Artemis Journal poetry readings and discussion featuring Jeri Rogers, Nikki Giovanni, and others; Southwest Virginia Ballet will perform during the readings 7:30-9 pm: Open galleries, cash bar, and light refreshments continue
Advance registration is encouraged to reserve your seat!
Join host Jeri Rogers as she speaks to Nikki Giovanni about jazz, Jane Goette about her newly published novel, & Italian Poet, Alessio Zanelli
The renowned poet, Nikki Giovanni has a new album “The Gospel According To Nikki Giovanni.”
In addition to publishing dozens of poetry works, Nikki Giovanni has recorded several spoken word albums over the course of 50 years. But this time, she’s doing something a little different.
The new album, a collaboration with saxophonist Javon Jackson, is a collection of gospel hymns and spirituals set to jazz. Growing up in the Baptist church, Giovanni says gospel music was instrumental to understanding herself as a poet.
“The spirituals had a message,” she says. “They weren’t just some people woke up one morning or came from working in the evening and said, ‘Oh, let’s sit down and sing.’ They were sharing information with each other.”
” The truth exists in the world and it is the job of the poet to pull the truth out of violentical air and place it with care upon the page to be casted from the mouth to the hearts of the people.” – Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother, Irreversible Entanglements)
Nikki with Jovan recording at Final Track Studios with co-producer, Skip Brown
Jane Goette’s novel, A River Road Memoir is a journey through a young girl’s idyllic childhood in the rural South to her restless adolescence when the Civil Rights struggle becomes urgent and personal to her family. The unfolding story is told through the second daughter’s eyes. Jane is a serious child, the one her father calls, “a tree full of owls,” always thinking, observing, and wondering about meanings. Unresolved conflicts continue around the family table as the Civil Rights movement evolves, the Vietnam War begins, and chemical plants spring-like poison mushrooms along the river. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the conflicts reflected in this book are hauntingly familiar to readers today as Americans continue to battle over the nation’s identity and values.
Alessio Zanelli is an Italian poet who writes in English, a language he has learned completely as an autodidact. His work has appeared in some 200 literary journals from 17 countries including, in the USA: Artemis, California Quarterly, Concho River Review, Italian Americana, The Lyric, North Dakota Quarterly, Philosophy And Literature, Potomac Review, Worcester Review, and World Literature Today, among about a hundred more. His fifth original collection, titled The Secret Of Archery, was published in 2019 by Greenwich Exchange (London). For more information please visit www.alessiozanelli.it.
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Artemis Journal is pleased to introduce a new artist to our community, Artist Steven Kenny, who makes nature his centerpiece in all his paintings. This connection to nature is good for us, and Steven reminds us of that vital connection.
According to Dr. Miles Richardson in Positive Psychology, “Knowing your place in nature brings meaning and joy.” Living in our human-made world, we become disconnected, and emerging research is showing that a feeling of connection with nature is good for us.
There are many ways to expose yourself to nature, a simple walk in nature, the Japanese shinrin-yoku, forest bathing, or if you can’t get outside, you can immerse yourself in Steven Kenny’s art.
Steven was born in Peekskill, New York in 1962 and now resides in Check, VA. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a BFA in 1984. After studying independently in Rome he gained notoriety as a freelance commercial illustrator, later devoting his full attention to fine art. His award-winning paintings are exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe.
“I believe future generations will look back on the period you and I now live in and will consider [Steven Kenny] one of the leading artists emblematic of contemporary painting in the first quarter and more of the 21st Century.”
– Paul Chimera, Dali historian with The Salvador Dali Society and author of the book, Dali & His Doctor: The Surreal Friendship Between Salvador Dali and Dr. Edmund Klein
The invention of the printing press circa 1440 was a significant milestone in the story of our civilization. It allowed the knowledge gained during the Age of Discovery to be spread faster and wider and promoted the subsequent flow of scientific and cultural exchange. The masses were enthralled. Scientists and artists were inspired. Letters and ideas were avidly exchanged, and societies were founded that still exist today.
Artemis Journal helps to build a stronger society by publishing our yearly journal. Our editors are in the final stages of layout for our next Artemis Journal 2022. By partnering with various arts organizations, we help to spread the word about the significant impact that the arts and written word make on our society.
For four decades, Artemis literary journal, published annually, has showcased compelling new voices with notable authors ranging from poet laureates to Pulitzer Prize and other major award winners and nominees. Over 1000 writers and artists have been featured contributors or have donated their time and expertise as board members for the all-volunteer operation. The rich history of creativity of Artemis has played an integral role in their success and perseverance of Artemis.
The theme for this year’s journal, “For the Love of a Book,” was inspired by Distinguished Poet Nikki Giovanni’s poem, “Fall in Love (For Artemis).” This theme expresses a core belief that implicitly drove the inception of our journal, and it can account for our compendium’s continuance into the present. According to Gustav Flaubert, “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” We believe in the importance of art and literature in our lives and acknowledge its potential as a coping mechanism and its utility in helping us understand the realities of the world around us. Adopting this theme recognizes a community of people who feel the same and celebrate our journal.
Here is the poem by Nikki Giovanni that has inspired this year’s Artemis;
Fall in Love
If you have to fall
And you do
It should be with a book
Not a novel
Nor a mystery
Certainly nothing scary
And always remember other life forms
Aren’t aliens but other life forms
Just as we are earthlings
Not people to be feared and killed
But life-forms inhabiting the same planet
Maybe ideally a recipe anthology
With great ideas of things to do with garlic
Or especially a mixology book to tell us how to relax
If we are careful
We all need to know how to taste beer
And how to judge wine
(the same way we do people–carefully)
And we definitely need a book that lets us
And every now and then one
That lets us cry
We need a book and a dog
And a quilt
To tuck into
And that will be faithful
That’s what love is
A good book
Artemis, a charitable organization, would not be possible without the continued support of our donors. Our journal partners with many organizations, including The Light Bringer Project, Festival-in-the-Park, Taubman Museum of Art, and Final Track Studios, co-producer of our podcast Artemis Speaks.
We are grateful to the Roanoke Arts Commission for their continued support of our journal.
Artemis Journal has been an advocate for social justice since 1977
Artemis supports the Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson bringing her one big step closer to becoming the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s top court.
The 21st century has been marked with understanding, open-mindedness, and compassion for more groups of people than possibly any other time in history. As women continue to be presented with new opportunities and empowered to speak their minds, change continues to occur.
As a bright bright star that began in a basement at the YWCA under the vision of Jeri Rogers, Artemis continues to pay tribute to those foundations today by advocating equal and fair treatment of all, strongly denouncing 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 provide a pathway for their art.
Artemis Journal is grateful for the support of the Roanoke Arts Commission, The Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art, and our readers to help support this unique contribution to art and literature. Artemis is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 10% of book sales are donated to a women’s shelter for abused women and their families.
Angla Dribben, Poet, Everygirl
Join the conversation with Jeri Rogers, Editor Artemis Journal, and Poet Angela Dribben as they discuss the role of gender in her debut collection, Everygirl, a finalist for the 2020 Broadkill Review Dogfish Head Prize.
Angela was a poetry contributor at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, holds an MFA from Randolph College, and is the current VP of the West Region of Poetry Society of Virginia. Her most recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Los Angeles Review, Orion, Coffin Bell, Split Rock Review, Artemis Journal, and others.
Angela has recently joined the Editorial Board of Artemis as Poetry Liaison for the Virginia Poetry Society.
March 4-6, 2022 FREE | No registration required | Walk-ins encouraged!
*Bring the entire family out for discovery, learning, and fun!
Roanoke Arts POP! A winter celebration of arts and culture in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. 30 organizations from the region will gather at the Taubman Museum of Art to share what makes them – and southwest Virginia – so culturally vibrant and fun.
Don’t miss out!
Co-sponsored by Artemis Journal Poetry Society of Virginia
Roanoke Taubman Art Museum 110 Salem Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011 Roanoke, VA
The Art of Writing According to Gustav Flaubert, “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” If you appreciate this art form, then you will appreciate meeting the team from Artemis Journal, who work tirelessly on discovering – and sharing – what they believe.
Members from their organization will be on hand to discuss their work, poet readings and provide you with a free notebook to create your own, plus raffles for free Artemis Journals and more!
From the performing and visual arts to science and technology, and from literature to our region’s rich history, come discover what makes Roanoke the cultural heart of Southwest Virginia.
And with activities like music-making, stilt walking, and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Poetry Reading Schedule
Friday Evening: March 4, 2022 (5-6 pm)
Kim Ports Erika Joyner
Saturday: March 5, 2022 (10am-1pm)
April J. Asbury Angie Clevinger Phoenix Keesee Mel Kasting Katherine Chantal Colleen Redman
Celebrating the art of writing with Artemis Journal
Children & Family, Adults, Teens, Member Events, Arts Pop
This pop-up is free and open to the public as part of Roanoke Arts POP!, a winter celebration of arts and culture in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. No registration required – walk-ins welcome!
According to Gustav Flaubert, “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” If you appreciate this art form, then you will appreciate meeting the team from Artemis Journal, who work tirelessly on discovering – and sharing – what they believe. Members from their organization will be on hand to discuss their work and provide you with a free notebook to create your own.
Artemis Journal is an award-winning journal representing more than 2,000 artists and writers, featuring notables such as US Poet Laureates Natasha Trethewey and Rita Dove and Virginia Poet Laureates Ron Smith, Luisa Igloria, and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda.
For 45 years, Artemis Journal has paid tribute to its foundation 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.
Featuring April Asbury, Professor at Radford University
Pedro Larrea, Professor at the University of Lynchburg
April J. Asbury teaches writing and literature at Radford University. She holds an M.F.A. from Spalding University and an M.A. from Hollins. Her work appears in Artemis, Still: The Journal, Floyd County Moonshine, The Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and other publications. Woman with Crows is her first published collection.
Pedro Larrea is the author of three books of poems: La orilla libre / The Free Shore; La tribu y la llama; and Manuscrito del hechicero / The Wizard’s Manuscript. He has read as a guest poet in places such as the Library of Congress in DC, the New York Public Library, Emory University, the International Poetry Festival of Granadax (Spain), the International Poetry of Los Confines (Honduras), the International Poetry Festival of Turrialba (Costa Rica), and elsewhere. As a translator, he published the Spanish edition of Kevin Young’s Book of Hours; Percy Bysshe Shelley’s A Defence of Poetry, along with Thomas Love Peacock’s The Four Ages of Poetry; and Rita Dove’s Sonata Mulattica. Currently, he teaches at the University of Lynchburg, in Virginia.
Open Mic following the reading, 6 spots for other poets each reading 4 minutes
Artemis 21 will be released in June. This year’s journal publishes 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, Bill White, and Linda Atkinson.
Acclaimed ceramic sculptress, Donna Polseno will grace our cover
Donna Polseno is a sculptor and potter living in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Donna will be featured on our next 2021 Artemis cover to be released in June.
She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been honored with 2 NEA Artist Fellowships and a Virginia Museum Artists Grant. Donna has shown her work in major exhibitions in museums and galleries, nationally and internationally. Her work has been published in many books and magazines.
Donna has taught seminars at many schools including Penland School, Haystack Mountain School, Anderson Ranch, Jingdezhen University in China, La Meridiana School of Ceramics in Italy. She lives and works part-time in a small village in Italy. She was a ceramics instructor at Hollins University for 15 years, where she created and still directs the “Women Working With Clay” Symposium.
Jeri Rogers interviews Donna on the latest Artemis Podcast Speaks
Send us your videos reading poems to be posted on Instagram
— Please keep your reading to only 2-3 minutes each — No welcome or intro is needed before your piece, but please leave at least 3 seconds of blank space at the beginning and end of your recording and start your recording by saying the name of the piece you’re reading and your name. — Camera Shot/Framing: This should just be a nice casual shot at home. Please avoid blank wall backgrounds – show us something dynamic! If you’re doing IGTV clips, the shot should be in portrait mode (vertical) and fairly straight on with no extreme angles. — “Does this need to be memorized? Should I deliver it straight to the camera?” The answer is, truly, whatever you’re more comfortable with! Facing towards the camera is preferred, but there’s no need to memorize it – you can just read it in whatever way you think looks and feels best. That said, if you want to memorize it, go for it! — When you’ve finished, please send your video as a Dropbox or Google Drive link to; firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER HELPFUL VIDEO HINTS Some of you have lots of experience doing this, but others may appreciate a little direction, so take what’s useful… — Before filming, do a test shot to listen to your audio, check the framing of your shot, and lighting for your video. — Audio: Please turn off loud fans or A/C to minimize white noise. AirPods and Bluetooth Headphones cannot be used to record audio with Apple’s native camera app. That’s okay! Just make sure you’re in a quiet space when recording your video. — Lighting: Full direct sun is not your friend! Natural indirect or filtered light is usually best. If you want to get fancy, turn on a lamp or fancy sconce in the background! — Camera: For better quality, use your rear-facing camera (on the back) to record yourself. It’s best if you or someone else can check the framing when using the rear camera. You can do a test shot to see what the lighting, framing, and audio look/sound like. Please use 1x zoom (as opposed to the wide .5x or telephoto 2x). — Best Camera Settings: On your iPhone, go to Settings > Camera > Record Video and select 1080p at 30 fps. This is the default on most phones.
April’s Instagram Event!
Stay tuned for writer, Justin Scribner, who will kick-off our weekly posts featuring videos, and audios from poets reading poems.
Justin made his breakout debut after the quarantine last year by publishing his first book of poetry, every grain of sand. “A few weeks into the Covid crisis, I had a major realization. Without any upcoming jobs whatsoever, I might finally have time to publish the poems and stories that had been hiding in my proverbial (and literal) closet.”
Co-hosted by Associate Editors, Crystal Founds and Donnie Secreast
Happy to help
Artemis Journal has inspired creativity and fellowship for people of all backgrounds in the region for over 40 years. The Journal serves thousands of people in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and across the globe with its features of up-and-coming artists and writers as well as award-winning artists. Since it originated in 1977, Artemis Journal has been an advocate for social justice and highlights all deserving artists and writers.
10% of sales are donated to a Women’s Shelter in SW Virginia
Artemis Journal is grateful for the continued support of our friends, The Roanoke Arts Commission and The Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art
Artemis is pleased to have acclaimed poet, Nikki Giovanni to join our publication. She has been awarded an unprecedented 7 NAACP Image Awards, nominated for a Grammy; has been a finalist for the National Book Award, authored 3 New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers, which is highly unusual for a poet. She is Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech.
Artemis has had a long journey with Nikki. She has been our featured guest poet for our journals in 2014 and 2017. In 2017 we dedicated our journal to her as someone who has served as a beacon to those of us who believe in the power of art. From the 1980’s until today, she has given generously of her time and talent to nurture and support the work of artists and writers in her adopted home here in Southwest Virginia. We welcome her as our Honored Board Poet.
Now into our 2nd season, Artemis is pleased to continue the podcast series which was borne out of the pandemic last year. Twice a month, Jeri Rogers, Editor Artemis, invites you into a conversation introducing an interesting array of guests, from Poet Laureates to Ceramic Potters, all who have been published in Artemis Journal.
All Artemis Speakspodcasts are archived on this website under the heading of Podcast
Nikki Giovanni, Poet
Jeanne Larsen, Author
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Virginia Poet Laureate
Ron Smith, Virginia Poet Laureate
Dorothy Gillespie, Remembering by Gary Isreal
Page & Zephren Turner, Artists
Luisa Igloria, Virginia Poet Laureate
Silvie Granatelli, Ceramic Potter
Louis Gallo, Poet
Frances Barnhart, Remembering
Ayn Cates Sullivan, Mystic Author
Robert Bersson & Jack Greer
Dr. Molly O’Dell, Physician turned poet
Justin Scribner & Diane Scribner, Mother & Son writers
Jordan Harman, Musician
Nikki Giovanni, Poet
Also available wherever you get your podcasts, including:
To listen and subscribe to the podcast, follow these instructions:
On your iPhone, computer or iPad– Open your podcast app. It’s a preloaded app called “Podcasts” with a purple icon.
Search for the series Artemis Speaks – by tapping on the “search” magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the screen, type in “Artemis Speaks” and select it from the list of results. Once subcribed you will automatically receive the latest episodes.