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.
Celebrating International Women’s Month
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!
Poetry Society of Virginia
Roanoke Taubman Art Museum
110 Salem Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
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
Sunday: March 6, 2022 (2-3pm)
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.
To learn more about Artemis Journal, visit their website at https://artemisjournal.org.
Nearly three dozen organizations from the region will gather at the Taubman Museum of Art March 4-6 to share what makes them – and southwest Virginia – so culturally vibrant and fun. Don’t miss out!
Taubman Museum of Art
110 Salem Avenue SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
September 28, 7-8 pm Zoom
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
contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please register here in advance for Zoom Link.
Due to the changing health concerns, Artemis Journal & Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art have decided to postpone the launch to celebrate the launch of Artemis Journal 2021.
IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO PARTICIPATE
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
go to our Podcast link on this website
*Photo by Jeri Rogers
April showers bring May Flowers
Artemis Celebrates on Instagram
Attention all poets
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; email@example.com.
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 Speaks podcasts 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.