By Simmons Buntin


If you’re one of the other 11,000 writers, editors, publishers, educators, and friends who will be in Boston this week for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference, I hope you’ll join us at one of these snappy happenings: at AWP editor-in-chief Simmons Buntin with Hawk & Handsaw editor-in-chief Kathryn Miles at AWP in Washington, D.C. At this year’s AWP conference in Boston, and Hawk & Handsaw will have tables side by side. Come visit us!

March 6-9, 2013
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Annual Conference and Bookfair
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Join editors and contributors at our table (Q4, 2nd floor) during the bookfair, The table will host the following signings:

  • Jill McCabe Johnson, Thursday, March 7, 2 p.m.
  • Derek Sheffield, Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.
  • David Rothenberg, Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m.
  • Kathryn Miles, day and time TBD

And we hope to see you at’s literary reading with Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability and Ecotone: Reimagining Place, sponsored and hosted by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. The reading will take place on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Emerald Necklace Center’s historic stone gatehouse, the Shattuck Visitor Center, located at 125 The Fenway in Boston, just a 15-minute walk from the Hynes Convention Center. It will be emceed by Kathryn Miles and Simmons Buntin. It’s a cozy, let us say intimate space, so arrive early to guarantee a seat (or at least guarantee standing room). Readers:

  • David Gessner
  • Sheryl St. Germain
  • Hannah Kreitzer
  • Derek Sheffield
  • Cynthia Huntington
  • Joe Wilkins
  • Lauren Eggert-Crowe
  • Bill Roorbach

Get details, a map, and RSVP on our Facebook event page.

My hope (Hi! It’s me, your editor-in-chief Simmons Buntin) is to blog the AWP experience daily, beginning with this entry, which I’m typing from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. I drove up from Tucson this morning, and will make my way to Boston via Denver, arriving at 11:05 p.m. Long day.

So what does an editor such as myself bring to read on such a journey? A handful of unread creative nonfiction submissions, the latest issues of Poets & Writers and Outdoor Photography, and a handful of poetry books I’ve been meaning to read over the last 18 months or so, including In the Songbird Laboratory, by Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Heavenly Bodies, by Cynthia Huntington, Tropicalia, by Emma Trelles, Beyond Heart Mountain, by Lee Ann Roripaugh, and Blue Horses Rush In, by Luci Tapahonso. I just finished Derek Sheffield’s  Through the Second Skin, which is just wonderful. I’m looking forward to these other collections, and find airplane flights, with their strange white noise, to be perfect venues for reading verse.

In addition to a 71-inch projector screen, projector, and laptop for our bookfair table, I brought a DSLR camera with separate zoom lens, Flip video camera, digital voice recorder, iPad, iPod, and cactus candy.

I’m staying at the Westin Copley with two buddies, editors Andrew C. Gottlieb and Derek Sheffield. A bachelor’s pad? Consider this fair warning…


Header photo by Simmons B. Buntin.

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