New Podcast featuring Nikki Giovanni

Join host Jeri Rogers as she speaks to Nikki Giovanni about jazz

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)

To listen to the podcast, go to our podcast section

Nikki with Jovan recording at Final Track Studios with co-producer, Skip Brown

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Artemis Speaks Podcast connects with Artist
Steven Kenny

Queen of Origins by Steven Kenny

Making connections

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

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https://www.artemisjournal.org/podcast

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Spring 2022

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.

Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor, Department of English

Here is the poem by Nikki Giovanni that has inspired this year’s Artemis;

Fall in Love 

(For Artemis)

If you have to fall

In love

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

Laugh

And every now and then one

That lets us cry

We need a book and a dog

And a quilt

To tuck into 

And love

And that will be faithful

And true

That’s what love is

A good book

Acknowledgments

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.

https://roanokearts.org/connect/

https://roanokearts.org/connect/
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Artemis 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.

New Podcast

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.

http://angeladribben.com

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POETRY POP-UP READINGS

ARTEMIS JOURNAL

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

Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art

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


Sunday: March 6, 2022 (2-3pm)

Aidan Daniel
Ken Conklin

Artemis Editors; Julia Fallon, Associate Editor, Jeri Rogers, Editor, Page Turner, Art Editor, Zephren Turner, Layout Editor
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Virginia Poetry Society Reading

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 angeladribben@gmail.com

Please register here in advance for Zoom Link.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsdO2vrTwsE9IyYUCtqBewYvnMQ-4BsStO

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