Join us in celebrating our friend and poet Maurice Ferguson.

A 1977 graduate of Roanoke College and a beloved champion of the literary arts in southwestern Virginia for over forty years, Maurice has served as the editor of Artemis Journal of the Blue Ridge and a longtime mainstay of the community poetry workshop at Hollins University.

It is a testament to Maurice’s dedicated support of poets and artists in the community that last year he was honored with a crowd-funded mural incorporating lines from his poem, “Sailing for East Indies”:

All their creativity began in fascination and error
like mistaking a meadow stone for a mockingbird.

You can read several of Maurice’s poems here.


Volume XLIV

Artwork by Julie Hamilton

"Alchemical Poetry" - Dreama J. Kattenbraker, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 60"