Artemis 2016 celebrates its 23rd publication since beginning in 1977. The journal's mission is to foster excellence in art and literature in the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond. Throughout its history, Artemis has presented many educational and cultural events, school mentorship programs, and collaborations with area colleges and universities. Artemis creates a place for many contributors to debut their work along side professional artists and writers, including National and State Poet Laureates, a T.S. Eliot Prizewinner, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Literary Prizewinners, an NAACP Image Award Recipient, and numerous other award winners. This year Artemis is fortunate to have Ron Smith as guest poet and Betty Branch as guest artist. Both of them have made a significant contribution to poetry and art throughout Virginia and beyond.