Artemis Journal is pleased to announce the regional poetry and art journal emerged in 2014 after a fourteen-year publishing hiatus. Artemis, a pioneer non-profit cultural organization, is an award-winning annual arts journal named after the Greek moon goddess. Its purpose is to foster art and literary excellence in the Blue Ridge mountain region of Southwest Virginia and beyond. The origin of Artemis is rooted in social activism starting as a writing workshop for the T.A.P. and YWCA Women’s Center. It’s founder, Jeri Nolan Rogers, encouraged women in the center to express their issues through poetry and other art genres as a therapeutic tool. Here is where Artemis was born in 1977 as a feminist magazine dedicated to woman artists. After three years the Journal expanded to include both genders and became known as the voice of artists and writers of the Blue Ridge during its 20+ years of publication.
Jeri Rogers, photographer (www.jerirogers.com) is the Editor, Maurice Ferguson, poet is the Literary Editor and Virginia Lepley, graphic designer is the Design Editor. Jeri and Maurice worked together during the first 20 years and decided to join up again to bring Artemis back after a 14 year hiatus. Virginia having moved from New York to Floyd, Va. joined on the team with her background in publishing in New York area.
Artemis encourages first time artists and writers by working with high school students. Also among our writers and artists are a past post laureate for the state of Virginia, recipients of a Pulitzer prize, a T.S. Eliot prize, VCA and VCCA literary prizes, An NAACP Image Award and numerous other individual awards.
Our range of events expanded to presenting cultural, performing and educational events. We sponsored traveling art shows, dance and musical performances collaborating with various cultural organizations and universities. We helped stack bookshelves at the Harrison Museum of African American culture and distributed 1000 copies of Artemis XII to local schools and universities. Among the many organizations Artemis has collaborated with are the Taubman Museum, Art Museum of Western Virginia, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Noel C.Taylor Community Choir, the Acting Company, Mill Mountain Theater, Hollins University, Roanoke College, Ferrum College, Virginia Tech, Radford University, Longwood college and Washington and Lee University.
Artemis has been awarded many grants during its 20 plus history, which have included the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Virginia Review, Writers in Virginia, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge. Past awards include the Presidents Voluntary Action Award, Citationist, The Governor’s Voluntary Action Award, Nominee and recipient of the Perry Kendig for non-profit Organization.
Artemis is a 501c tax exempt organization. The various public events are open and free to the public creating sense of community with artists, writers and audience. Our goal is to archive a collection of outstanding art and writing in Southwest Virginia through a yearly publication, as well as promoting poetry readings, art talks and literary events with published writers.
The theme for the rebirth of the journal, 2014 Artemis, was “Our connection to nature”, and featured our guest writer, Nikki Giovanni and guest artist, photographer Sam Krisch. We launched with much fanfare from our community of writers and artists who had missed the journal and welcomed us back with many submissions.
The theme for the 2015 journal was “The courage of our convictions”, guest writer is Beth Macy, award-winning author, New York Times bestselling author of “Factory Man” and painter Bill White as our guest artist. The journal expanded and included short stories as well as poetry, photography and art. Artemis 2015 book launch featured a reading by Beth Macy.
Artemis continues its long tradition to establish an important archival record of the arts and writing in our community, the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond. Through the years, Artemis has published over 2000 artists and writers and is proud of its distinguished history. The 2016 Artemis featured our guest writer, Poet Laureate Ron Smith, and guest artist Roanoke Sculptor, Betty Branch. The Roanoke Arts Commission and the Taubman Museum of Art sponsored the launch and publishing of the Journal.
The 2017 Artemis Journal will feature acclaimed poet, Nikki Giovanni and guest artist, Tricia Scott. The journals was released at our Launch on May 5th at the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art.
Artemis is pleased to announce the theme for the next journal, “Women hold up half the sky.”. Artemis is collaborating with the Light Bringer Project, to include a science-fiction short story contest highlighting a feminist theme with leading female characters. The winner will be published in the 2018 Artemis Journal. A cash award – “Women hold up half the sky“, will be underwritten by the Los Angeles NOW (National Organization of Women). Our featured guest writer will be the acclaimed Sharyn McCrumb who has just published her new book, titled “Unquiet Grave.” The 2018 Artemis will be launched on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art.
Artemis is grateful to the support of our donors and the Roanoke Commission of Art, making our events and publishing possible, expanding the awareness of the value of art and writing in our culture.