Writers & Artists

Book City



Exploring equity and engagement at the intersection of books & place

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Artemis Journal 2021

Featured Artist and Writers

Donna Polseno, Artemis cover artist, Voltarsi Verso L’Alto, is a sculptor and potter. She has lived in the mountains of southwest Virginia since graduating from Rhode Island School of Design. She 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. She 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.  

Nikki Giovanni, poem 3-1593 400 Mulvaney Street, has been awarded an unprecedented 7 NAACP Image Awards which makes me very very proud. She was nominated for a Grammy; been a finalist for the  National Book Award and has authored 3 New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers, highly unusual for a poet. Her most recent publications include Make Me Rain: Poems and Prose (2020), Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid (2013) and, as editor, The 100 Best African American Poems (2010). In Make Me Rain, she celebrates her loved ones and unapologetically declares her pride in her black heritage, while exploring the enduring impact of the twin sins of racism and white nationalism.A frequent lecturer and reader, Giovanni has taught at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.

Luisa A. Igloria, poem Dear America (American Dream), is one of two co-winners of the 2019 Crab Orchard Poetry Open competition for her manuscript Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, 2020). Originally from Baguio City, Luisa A. Igloria was appointed as the 20th Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-2022). In 2015, she was the inaugural winner of the Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey selected her chapbook What is Left of Wings, I Ask as the 2018 recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Prize. Other works include The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), and 12 other books.

Courtney Watson, Never Turn Your Back on the Water, winner of “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” contest for her story, is a fiction and travel writer who earned her Ph.D. in English from The Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. A scholar of women writers as well as travel writing and literary tourism, she is always dreaming of her next destination and she is deeply inspired by the stories told in the places she visits. She lives to tell her own stories about places like the haunting beaches of southern Iceland, where she wrote the first lines of “Never Turn Your Back on the Water.” Courtney is an Associate Professor of English at Radford University Carilion in Roanoke, Virginia. She teaches courses on women writers, health humanities, American modernism, and communication in the health sciences.


Artemis Journal 2020
Artemis Journal 2020 Cover by Dorothy Gillespie


Artemis Journal 2020

Our featured writer, Natasha Trethewey, author of Native Guard, which received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2007, will be presented in a theatrical reading with stunning visuals and live music on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. on the Hollins University theatre’s Main Stage. Admission is free with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. A conversation with Trethewey, who earned her M.A. from Hollins in 1991, will immediately follow the performance.

Native Guard Poster

Featured Writer, Natasha Trethewey

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey



2019 Artemis Journal
      Cover by Photographer Sally Mann

Artemis Journal 2019 

Featured Artist, Sally Mann, Photographer
Featured artist Sally Mann (born in Lexington, Virginia, 1951) is one of America’s most renowned photographers. She has received numerous awards, including NEA, NEH, and Guggenheim Foundation grants, and her work is held by major institutions internationally. Her many books include At Twelve (1988), Immediate Family (1992), Still Time (1994), What Remains (2003), Deep South (2005), Proud Flesh (2009), The Flesh and the Spirit (2010) and Remembered Light (2016). In 2001 Mann was named “America’s Best Photographer” by Time magazine. A 1994 documentary about her work, Blood Ties, was nominated for an Academy Award and the 2006 feature film What Remains was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008. Her bestselling memoir, Hold Still (Little, Brown, 2015), received universal critical acclaim, and was named a finalist for the National Book Award. In 2016 Hold Still won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. Premiering in March 2018, Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, will open at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. This comprehensive exploration of Mann’s relationship with the South will travel internationally.  Mann is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York. She lives in Virginia.


 Artemis 2018 featured writer

Sharyn McCrumb


Artemis featured writer 2014 & 2017

Nikki Giovanni, poet




Artemis 2016 featured poet & artist

Ron Smith, Virginia Poet Laureate 

Betty Branch, sculptor


Artemis 2015 featured writer

Artemis 2014 featured artist

Sam Krisch, photographer



Contributing Writers & Artists

Melanie Almeder


Mike Allen – Mystic Delirium


Cynthia Atkins


Judy Light Ayylidiz




Book City


 Book No Further

★ Behind the scenes at Roanoke’s Indy Bookstore


Jennifer Brody



Kelly Cherry


Mary Crockett Hill


Chris Rice Cooper Blog


The Cortland Review


 Katherine Devine

Reading & laughter in a creative life

Groundhog Poetry Press – Richard Dillard’s press


 Cathryn Hankla

★ On Roaming with the Self and Books through Lost Places

Susan Hankla, writer

https://www.visarts.org (Search for Susan Hankla)

James River Writers


Jeanne Larsen

★  On writing and the word constructs we are

Felicia Mitchell


Poet’s Market


Poetry Society of Virginia


Poets & Writers


Ashley Rhame

★ Uncovering ourselves through poetry

Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art




Lee Smith


Katharine Soniat


Sow’s Ear


The Quote Garden


The Hollins Critic




Valley Voices


Virginia Quarterly Review:


Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA)