Welcome to the

Lisa J. Gouveia

Editor and Publisher

Austin, Texas


My passion is promoting the great art, music, writing, and culture of the American South, especially the indie/under-the-radar stuff. I have a long history in graphic design and  publications. I was Managing Editor/Art Director for a small Southern print mag that shut down in 2011. But I kept getting e-mails, press releases, and even some submissions sent to me personally, just to see if I could help out. A couple small presses sent me books. Bands sent CDs. Soon I had almost an issue's worth of stuff sitting in my inbox. I even have the software to lay it all out. And a whole long list of ideas and stuff. There are some great Southern magazines, and I love them. But their vision of the South often doesn't include some of the new, emerging voices and diverse cultures of today's South, the real South. So I'm starting REAL SOUTH Magazine.


Diana Finlay Hendricks

Contributing Editor - Southern Music and Culture

San Marcos, Texas


Diana Hendricks has been perfecting a juggling act as a professional journalist, editor, photographer, music developer, publicist, and promoter for over a quarter-century. Then she was afforded some breathing room—an opportunity to develop and hone those passions into an art more than a means for simply scratching out a living. An award-winning, fine art and music photographer and writer, Diana lives in Central Texas and is completing a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Texas Music and Culture at Texas State University. For more info, visit dianahendricks.com.


John Dufresne

Fiction Editor and Contributing Editor

Dania Beach, Florida


John Dufresne is the author of the novels Louisiana Power & Light, Love Warps the Mind a Little, Deep in the Shade of Paradise, and most recently, Requiem, Mass. He's also written two collections of stories, The Way That Water Enters Stone and Johnny Too Bad. His two guides to writing fiction, The Lie That Tells a Truth and Is Life Like This? are used in many university writing programs.  He has won the Yankee Magazine award for fiction, the Transatlantic Review/Henfield Foundation Award, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction award. His novel Louisiana Power & Light was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He also wrote the screenplay for the short film The Freezer Jesus and, with Donald Papy, the feature film To Live and Die in Dixie, both directed by Harper Philbin. He teaches creative writing at Florida International University in Miami, and he is also the editor of the anthology Blue Christmas.


Cindy Chinelly

Poetry Editor

Dania Beach, Florida


Cindy Chinelly is a poet and short story writer, the author of the chapbook The Coralroot (Livingston University Press). Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Montana Review, North Stone Review, and Graham House Review, MidAmerican Review, and the SunSentinel newspaper/ Sunshine Magazine. She teaches creative writing at Florida International University and is co-editor of the anthology Having a Wonderful Time: An Anthology of South Florida Writers (edited with John Dufresne and Michael Hettich, Simon & Schuster).


Dianne Scott

Columnist, Dianne's Deep Dish

Austin, Texas


Dianne Scott is a writer, handcrafter, and artist known as “local color.” She has been involved in nearly every phase of the music business from performer to talent buyer to artist manager. For the past twenty years she has worked for The Continental Club and writes a weekly online newsletter, The Continental Confidential.


The rest of REAL SOUTH Magazine comes from a network of freelancers all over the South, particularly Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina.


Real South is a reality now, thanks to these generous folks:



Altaire Productions

& Publications

Matt Boutte

Cathy Gleasman

Robert Lovato

Marie Slaight

Michael Caleb Tasker

...and a lady out west who asked to remain anonymous.



Judith Dulaney

Charlie Gouveia

Martin Guillot

Edward Hagelstein

Ron and Gloria Hawkins

Lori Ray Tripp



M. Ford

Laura Smith

Billy Eli and Pamela Parker


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Thank you for supporting authentic Southern arts and culture!





REAL SOUTH Magazine is your big bi-monthly digital helping of authentic Southern arts and culture. We're especially interested in bringing you indie, emerging, under-the-radar artists and writers. The South is also a more diverse place than it's typically portrayed in other magazines, so we'll also strive to bring you a slice of the many different cultures and lifestyles that make up today's South--the REAL SOUTH.



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