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.