Live from AWP –’s Editor-in-Chief

Print Friendly, PDF & Email’s Editor-in-Chief, Simmons Buntin, made the trip to AWP’s annual conference. This year it was held in Washington D.C., attracting thousands of writers from around the country and beyond.

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. 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:

On working the booth with a marketing mindset:

Making connections with other environmental publications and poets published by Salmon Poetry:

Simmons presented for the panel: “Who Makes the Best Student? How to Grow Your Program With Non-traditional Majors.”

His second presentation, “Environmental Writing in the Age of Global Climate Change,” is a heavy topic. How can humor help?

What is the best way to handle information overload?

Any advice for those concerned about the environment, but not sure where to start?

Invited to the Irish Embassy by his publisher, Salmon Poetry, Simmons talks about the evening, and Guinness:

At the Salmon Poetry reading, featuring a wide range of poets:

And for the last day at the conference:

I asked Simmons if he had any final thoughts for’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. is the world’s first online journal of place, publishing a rich mix of literature, artwork, case studies, and more since 1997.