“This image (by Dorothy Gillespie) then had a life of its own and became the first downtown mural painted in Roanoke, Virginia. The "Celebration of Women artists and Writers" launched the journal and we went on to publish a small press for over 20 years.” Jeri Rogers said.
In 2014 Rogers and Literary Editor Maurice Ferguson who also worked with Rogers (left) on Artemis Journal since 1977, decided to bring the journal back to life. Artemis Journal’s main purpose is to foster art and literary excellence in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Southwest Virginia and beyond.
The Artemis Journal team are Jeri Rogers, Founder and Editor; Poet Maurice Ferguson, Literary Editor; Virginia Lepley, Art & Layout Editor; Jane Goette, Associate Editor (Right Above); Sheree Scarborough, Associate Editor (Right Below); Jonathan Rogers, Board Advisor; ; Crystal Founds, Marketing Director (Below Left); and Artemis is grateful to the Roanoke Arts Commission and Taubman Museum of Art for their support (Above Top).
When I was eight or nine years old, my father, Jack Cox (right), introduced me to photography by showing me the black and white photos he had taken for four years as an Air Force pilot, fighting in World War 11.
Whatever strides we have made we should remember to thank the women who throughout our history have fought tirelessly to give us a voice. Thanks to Susan B. Anthony for pushing the right to vote, Maud Wood Park for prenatal care and identity outside your husband, Elizabeth Stanton for the right to work, Margaret Sanger for the right to legal birth control, Eleanor Roosevelt and Molly Dewson for the right to work in politics and make policy, Carol Downer for reproductive health care, Malala Yousafzai for pushing the rights of young women internationally, Rosa Parks for not backing down on the bus, Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her holding up the rights of
women on the Supreme Court, Gloria Steinem for her lifetime commitment to equal rights and our mothers and grandmothers who stood before us with half the rights we now have as women.
One of my many part time jobs was with at Texas Western College, where I tutored many of the African American athletes who helped defeat the top-ranked University of
Kentucky all-white basketball team for the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball championship on March 19, 1966. They won 72-65 in front of an essentially all-white crowd, including the referees. (Above Left)Texas Western was the first college team ever to start five African Americans in any basketball game. It was great!
ing while meditating under the moonlight on my apple farm on Bent Mountain, the inspiration came to me to name the journal after the Greek goddess, Artemis. I thought she was a perfect choice.
had the divine duty of illuminating the darkness. Often she is depicted carrying a candle or torch, lighting the way for others and leading them through territories yet unchartered.
(Above Left attributed to Anton Raphael Mengs)
Known as the chaste Greek goddess associated with the moon and hunt, her connection with the natural world symbolized her own untamed spirit, and she became the patron saint of childbirth, protector of wild animals, virgins and the powerless. Her illumination lends inspiration to the theme of this edition, courage of our convictions, shedding light into the unknown and supporting us with her courage and strength.” And so, Artemis it is!
Prize winner Rosanne Coggeshall) (Above Right Black and White Photo); Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford (Erica Keating); Virginia Prize Winner (Mary Hayne North); and NAACP Image Award Recipient (Nikki Giovanni). Left with Virginia Lepley left and Jeri Rogers Right)
*Artemis Journal is presently accepting submissions for its “Women hold up half the sky” issue. Deadline for all submissions is November 30, 2017.
*Back Back row; Jeri Rogers, Joe Klein, Virginia Lepley
Roanoke Arts Commission