The first issue of Artemis was published in 1977. Now in our 40th year, we are inspired by the moral challenge of the 21st century to honor and hold up the world’s women. This year’s edition honors the feminist spirit that launched a new wave in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. These poems, essays and art capture the creative, indefatigable spirit of women. The response to our chosen theme, “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” was overwhelming. Artemis received over 1000 submissions from as far away as England, Italy, and Ethiopia. The quality and quantity of submissions have challenged us to grow beyond our usual page count.
Announcing our dedication for our upcoming 2018 Artemis to be released May 4th at the Roanoke Taubman Museum of Art
Artemis dedicates this year’s unique issue to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a woman who spent a long life in service to the causes for which this journal was founded. As an early suffragette, journalist, civil rights activists, author, and passionate protector of the Florida Everglades, Marjory Stoneman Douglas is the embodiment of this year’s theme, “Women Hold Up Half the Sky.”
“Be a nuisance where it counts,” she urged, “Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics—but never give up.”
In solidarity with this remarkable woman and the remarkable students from the school that bears her name, we defy the darkness that invaded an American high school in Florida on Valentine’s Day, 2018. We commit our lives to “love,” to the preservation of schools as sacred spaces of enlightenment and to making the world a more beautiful place. In this discouraging time when the sky looks dark and feels too heavy to hold, we need the restorative power of art and the inspiration of others like Marjorie Stoneman Douglas to rekindle the light bringer inside each of us. With all its wonders and beauties, the world is calling us to continue the work of holding up the sky. Even when we can’t seem to see, the sun is still out there waiting to shine.
CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
March 8, 2018
In support of the 2018 International Women’s Day theme, #PressforProgress, we’re advocating for the press for progress towards gender equality in the workplace.
2018 Launch Date
Friday, May 4th, 6:30 pm
Roanoke Taubman Museum
Featuring our guest writer, the New York Times bestselling author, Sharyn McCrumb
Our Editors are starting the editing process and processing over 1000 submissions from the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, as far away as Ethiopia, Italy and England. We thank all the artists and writers who have submitted work and given support to Artemis!
This will be our best journal yet and will be offering a pre-sale to help underwrite the costs of printing. Stay tuned for further information.