I was able to catch up with Simmons on the last day of the conference to talk with him about AWP 2011. Here are some audio clips of our conversation.
Terrain.org was sharing a booth (one of over 500) with Hawk and Handsaw. The old-fashioned form of face-to-face social networking is alive and well: [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/1BoothRefuge.mp3|titles=At the Terrain.org Booth]
On working the Terrain.org booth with a marketing mindset:[audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/8Atthebooth.mp3|titles=At the booth]
Making connections with other environmental publications and poets published by Salmon Poetry: [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/2PleasantlySurprised.mp3|titles=Pleasantly surprised]
Simmons presented for the panel: “Who Makes the Best Student? How to Grow Your Program With Non-traditional Majors.” [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/3.1Presentation.mp3|titles=First Presentation]
His second presentation, “Environmental Writing in the Age of Global Climate Change,” is a heavy topic. How can humor help? [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/3.2EviroWriting.mp3|titles=Evironmental Writing]
What is the best way to handle information overload? [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/4InfoOverload.mp3|titles=Information overload]
Any advice for those concerned about the environment, but not sure where to start? [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/5Babysteps.mp3|titles=Baby steps]
Invited to the Irish Embassy by his publisher, Salmon Poetry, Simmons talks about the evening, and Guinness: [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/6Embassy.mp3|titles=At the Irish Embassy]
At the Salmon Poetry reading, featuring a wide range of poets: [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/7Reading.mp3|titles=Poetry reading]
And for the last day at the conference: [audio:https://www.terrain.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/9Lastday.mp3|titles=Last day]
I asked Simmons if he had any final thoughts for Terrain.org’s blog community, to which he replied, “Wish you were here!” Maybe next year. In the meantime, stay tuned for details about AWP’s 2012 conference which will be held in Chicago.