Accepting submissions until Dec. 15, 2020. This award is a Scifi themed short story contest with a feminist theme. Artemis collaborates with the Light Bringer Project and will publish the winning story in the 2021 Artemis Journal.
Here is an email I received this morning from poet Diane Goff. I warms my heart to know we have created such good connections between the Artist and Poet. Jeri Rogers, Editor
I just listened to the podcast with Zephren and Page Turner and I’m so glad to hear what they had to say. I always buy a copy of Artemis for my sister and she and I spoke recently about how beautifully the art and poetry complement each other and flow throughout the journal.
It is really one of the most stunning journals out there. I felt such a kinship with the image, Deepa de Jour by Kevin Orlosky on the page with my poem, “to the full moon “. It was perfect!I was also reminded of an article I just read about “forest bathing”. In it, the author spoke about the fractals found in Nature and how they have also found fractals in Jackson Pollock paintings. The fractals in a Pollock painting provide the same stress-reducing effect as those in nature.
Best, Diane Goff, poet
Here we are, the middle of the month, busy with submissions from around the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond. I just finished my 5th podcast with Gary Isreal, remembering his mother Dorothy Gillespie.
BACK IN 1977 I WAS INTRODUCED TO DOROTHY GILLESPIE, an American artist and sculptor who became known for her large and colorful abstract metal sculptures. She supported our fledgling idea of starting a feminist literary and art journal by donating A beautiful pastel for our very first cover in 1977. Her work of art was later painted to become Roanoke’s first downtown mural.
As a native of Roanoke, Ms. Gillespie’s international career spanned seven decades and her works of art have graced many institutions, museums, colleges, universities and public places. We are honored again to have her grace our current cover.
Dorothy created quite a sensation back then and now fast forward to this year…we decided to go full circle and honor her on our current Artemis Journal cover, since this year she would have been 100 years old. We collaborated with the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art, as they were featuring her with a retrospective of her life’s work. In the plans were a celebration last June to release the 2020 Artemis at the museum. The pandemic changed all that, we canceled the in-person launch and the birth of my podcasts began reaching out to our community.
I am grateful for all those who volunteer to help keep Artemis alive. A special thanks to Skip Brown of Final Track Studio, my co-producer for Artemis Speaks, the Taubman Museum of Art for their continued support by producing a virtual video this year of our launch and the Roanoke Arts Commission for their yearly grants to cover our printing costs.
What a year this has been! Here is an interesting theory, back in the 14th century when the Black Plague or Black Death that caused so much devastation in Europe, which hit Europe between 1348 and 1350, and resulted in a shift in world view and resulted in the Renaissance.
James Baldwin once said, that hope is something that we have to invent everyday. I am imagining a better world today.
Artemis Journal is growing and I am excited to announce 4 new additions to our Editorial Board. They are Nikki Giovanni as our Poet Emeritus, James Broschart, Judy Ayyildiz and Rebecca Woodie as our Associate Literary Editors. Each one has a remarkable resume and have worked with Artemis Journal at different times. Welcome aboard! Jeri Rogers, Editor
This project could not happen without the help of our tireless volunteer Board Members. May I introduce you to them;
Jeri Rogers, Editor-in Chief & Founder Donnie Secreast, Associate Editor Maurice Ferguson, Literary Editor Judy Ayyildiz, Associate Literary Editor James Broschart, Associate Literary Editor Rebecca Woodie, Associate Literary Editor Nikki Giovanni, Poet Emeritus Page Turner, Art Editor Julia Fallon, Community Liason Zephren Turner, Layout Editor Crystal Founds, Social Media Editor Jonathan Rogers, Treasurer & Legal Advisor
This year’s event to celebrate Artemis Journal’s annual launch has gone virtual! Join us for an intimate reading with poet Jeanne Larsen, followed by a conversation with Larsen, Artemis founder and editor Jeri Rogers, and Taubman Museum of Art’s Education Manager Stephanie Fallon. The program takes place in the exhibition Celestial Centennial: The Art and Legacy of Dorothy Gillespie, surrounded by artwork created by this year’s 2020 Artemis Journal cover artist.
Jeanne Larsen is a poet, translator, novelist, essayist, and sometimes short fiction writer. What Penelope Chooses is her 9th book; she has published in Artemis Journal fourteen times.
This year’s journal, Artemis Journal 2020 will be the 27th published journal to date and will include poetry from two Virginia Poet Laureates, Ron Smith and Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and a U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey. Maurice Ferguson, Literary Editor of Artemis, received over 400 submissions this year from across the United States and internationally, and includes 170 of the submissions.
The theme for this year’s journal will be “Season of Women” and will be a centennial celebration of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote passed one hundred years ago. In celebrating this momentous event, they are honoring an artist who was also born 100 years ago and made an impact on the art scene here in Roanoke, nationally, and internally. Dorothy Gillespie, 1920-2012, supported their fledgling idea of starting a feminist literary and art journal by donating a beautiful pastel for their very first cover.
This event is free to enjoy! All donations are welcome and will benefit the Taubman Museum’s education department during these challenging times.
REGISTRATION IS FREE! Please follow the link for donations; all amounts welcome and will benefit the education department of the Taubman Museum!
Due to the health crisis facing our community, the annual launch originally slated for June 5, has been rescheduled to September 4 at the Taubman Museum of Art. The journals will be released in July. For more information go to our store front. (20% discount for subscriptions)
Here is a sneak preview of the cover by the acclaimed artist, Dorothy Gillespie. Dorothy graced our very first cover back in 1977 when we created the journal as a result of writing workshops for abused women. Dorothy was an avid supporter of public art and a feminist who chartered her way through the art world in New York City. Our 1977 cover created a stir and became the first art mural in downtown Roanoke, Va. A Roanoke native, Dorothy Gillespie (1920–2012) would have turned 100 this June. She remains the most nationally recognized artist who was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley and taught at Radford University in the nearby New River Valley. Artemis Journal is pleased to partner with the Taubman Museum of Art by celebrating Dorothy Gillespie.
Artemis is grateful for the support of the Roanoke Arts Commission & the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art