As a small independent journal, we are always planning for the next great journal
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).
100 years ago, women gained the right to vote in the United States. As we celebrate this momentous event, we are honoring 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.
Gillespie, born in Roanoke Virginia, declared early her intention to become an artist. Ms. Gillespie’s career spanned seven decades, and she was always in the forefront of the American Art movement. Ms. Gillespie’s works have graced many institutions, museums, colleges, universities and public places. She was one of the first artist to offer her art to the world through displays in the lobbies of public institutions and governmental centers such as the Mayo Clinic, Epcot Center Warren Wilson College, Fort Lauderdale Airport-Delta Terminal, Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Center-in-the-Square, Downtown Mural, Roanoke, Virginia.
In 1977, I was introduced to Dorothy by a fellow artist, Lyn Yeatts. From that fortunate introduction I found myself traveling up to New York City to visit Dorothy at her downtown studio. I had a great time revisiting New York City, I had lived there after graduating from college for a couple of years and picking out the image with Dorothy that would grace our first Artemis cover.
This year’s 2020 Artemis cover will honor Dorothy with one of her images and collaborate with the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art with a retrospective of Ms. Gillespie’s work, “Celestial Centennnial: The Art and Legacy of Dorothy Gillespie,” Saturday, April 4- July 26, 2020.
Artemis Launch 2020 – June 5th, 6:30pm Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art
Marks the 100th anniversary of the
19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
giving women the right to vote
Our challenge to artists and writers
What does freedom of expression mean to you?
In the year of 1920, American women were granted the right to express themselves by voting.
Today, non- disclosure agreements (NDA) for sexual abuse are still used to silence women. In looking forward to next year, Artemis Journal supports the movement for free expression in all areas of our lives.
Our theme is open-ended and not limited to gender or specific ideas regarding artistic expression. However, that being said, the editors hope your submissions are sensitive to our mission and celebrate this Season of Women!
In memory of the late Toni Morrison
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” *Toni Morrison
*Winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Humanities Medal, Nobel Prize in Literature & Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
With the Holidays upon us, we’re reflective of how grateful we are for our community of contributors & readers! Each year, our editing team sifts through content from the New River Valley & beyond to bring Artemis to life. With only one week until 2019 submissions close, we find ourselves looking for more local content and first-time contributors to connect us to our roots of fostering Appalachian art and literary excellence!
Please spread the word to your friends and family, and to the writers/poets/artists in your life who have always wanted to be published! Many of our first time contributors go on to be published in other works and a few have even joined our editor’s circle. As we look ahead to 2019, we are focused on cultivating our community and invite you to join the conversation. Cheers to 2018, friends; we wish you a very happy holiday season!
~The Editing Team at Artemis
“Women Hold Up Half the Sky”
Entries accepted include poetry, art and science fiction short story
ARTEMIS Donates 10% of journal profits to the Women’s Resource Center
The orgin of Artemis Journal is rooted in social activism, starting in 1977 as a writing workshop for abused women of the Women’s Resource Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Ten percent of this year’s publication is shared with the Women’s Resource Center in Radford, Virginia, a safe haven for abused women and children.
In solidarity with the women and children who face violence, fear, homelessness and unemployment, we hope that one day there will not be a need for these shelters.
Floyd, Va. (October 6, 2017) – Artemis Journal is pleased to announce its theme for its next journal, “Women hold up half the sky”. Submissions will include, poetry, prose, sci-fi short stories, and art with a deadline for submitting on November 30, 2017. The published journal will be launched May 4, 2018 at the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art with our special guest writer, the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author, including her latest novel, “The Unquiet Grave”, Sharyn McCrumb. (Sharyn McCrumb – New York Times Bestselling Author)
Artemis is committed to encouraging writers to develop ideas and narratives that will help shape the future of our humanity. The Artemis theme has been widely endorsed and through networking Artemis Journal was approached by an arts and educational nonprofit, the Light Bringer Project (Light Bringer Project) to partner with our organization.
Each year Light Bringer Project invites science fiction writers worldwide to submit their original science fiction stories for The Roswell Award. By adopting our theme “Women hold up half the sky”, Light Bringer Project will partner with Artemis and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Hollywood NOW) in recognizing a sci-fi story that embraces feminist themes and has a strong female protagonist. DEADLINE JANUARY 29, 2018.
I just returned from Paris last month, where my husband, Jonathan and I went to see the revitalized play, “An American in Paris.” Our dear friend, Garen Scribner, was cast for the play and we went to watch him perform. It was a fantastic play, lots of acting, singing and dancing and a great rewrite of the original script for the 1952 movie staring Gene Kelly.