Art is antidote. The New Southerner knows it's resistance against destruction: the death of the planet, the corrosion of the human spirit, the mistreatment of animals. When we create—when we make words & images & crafts & tools & music & food—we are giving people something to consume besides material goods. We are giving our art so as to empower our fellow humans to create beauty for themselves, instead of succumbing to the notion that we are not enough, that we need to buy gadgets & potions & appliances & adornments if we wish to be loved.
The New Southerner has wizened from the ways of the Old Southerner. We borrow substance, simplicity, & technique from her, but we do not get lost in her past. We remember that we must innovate, not stagnate.
We remember. We dive into the wreck and pull our friends into the present with us. We imagine, with wild abandon, a future lush with healthy plant & animal life, rich with culture & ideas. We learn from the past, and we paint the future, all so we can find the ephemeral present. Our art becomes the glittering artifact of the time we were truly alive. When we were embodied. When we were one.
We dream of a South that is at once peaceful & electric. We dream of a South that breathes in cities & counties & countries across the globe, that spreads rebellion & togetherness without boundaries. We dream, but not without discomfort. We pop discomfort like a lozenge until it melts under our tongues.
We speak in words as hard as cannonballs.
So, wherever you are, whoever you are: send me your fictions, your poems, & your realities that sing of presence.
There’s a New Southerner in town.
This may be about the ways literature has saved, changed, or challenged you. It may be about how literary pursuits interact with other important things in your life, such as music, art, the environment, activism, your work, or personal relationships.
"What I'm reading" is another approach to this column--what are you reading right now, and why? What relationship does it have to what's going on in your life and the world? These submissions should err on the side of personal essay and not formal book review.
Submit your 500-750 word response here.
New Southerner is an online magazine & literary journal that promotes sustainability for the environment, local communities, and the creative self.
We favor video essays that inform or pontificate on issues related to sustainability and/or the arts. Favorite categories include:
- Social & Environmental Justice
- Ecocriticism (of literature, media, pop culture, etc.)
- Zero Waste
- Sustainable Food
- Sustainable News & Politics
We are particularly interested in video essays that incorporate multimedia images & sounds, creative editing, credible information, and thought-provoking theses. We recommend the following sources for more about the video essay genre:
- Kevin B. Lee's "What Makes a Video Essay Great?" and "Elements of the Essay Film"
- Evan Puschak's "How YouTube Changed the Essay"
- Julia Vassilieva's "the exciting new genre of the audio-visual film essay"
- Greer Fyfe and Miriam Ross' "How-To Video Essays"
The suggested length of video essay
submissions is 5-15 min. As with all good films, however, content should
We accept video essays as mp4, mov, or mv4 files, or via the link to the video essay on Vimeo or YouTube. Please also submit 2-3 sentences describing your submission in a doc, docx, pdf, or rtf file, as well as your bio & a headshot. Optionally, you may also include a jpg, gif, or png still image/thumbnail representing your submission.
New Southerner is an online magazine promoting sustainable living with literary flair; we publish content for a general audience to provide readers with inspiration and instruction for living the good life. We value self-reliance, environmental stewardship, and local economies. We believe that art and science are friends, and that both are necessary tools for sustainability.
We are particularly interested in pieces that fall into one of the following categories:
- Sustainability in the Arts (including TV, film, & music reviews)
- Social & Environmental Justice (reportage & op-ed)
- Sustainable Food (recipes & restaurant reviews)
- Journalism & event coverage (must be in the Southern region, preferably with an eye toward sustainability)
- Zero Waste Living (and/or zero waste economics)
- Conscious Consumerism (op-ed & product reviews)
- Sustainable News & Politics (reportage & op-ed)
- Profiles & interviews with sustainable people, organizations, or businesses
- DIY Gardening (how-to)
The suggested length of
"how-to" writing or lists is 500 words. As with all good writing,
however, content (rather than a minimum or maximum word count) should dictate