Blogging #AWP16: L.A. Live

By Simmons B. Buntin

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A Probable Series

Time, the elements, and the beautiful gods of Southern California permitting, I plan to blog the Terrain.org experience in Los Angeles over the next few days. Let’s do this by category:


Terrain.org is set up at Booth 510 in the bookfair of the Annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs annual conference. If you are among the estimated 15,000 attendees, stop by. We have broadsides by Wendell Berry and Alison Hawthorne Deming, chocolate, Dum Dums, flyers, stickers, info about our top-notch journal, and dashingly good looks.

Overheard at #AWP16

On the shuttle ride into the JW Marriott from LAX: “I killed Judith Kitchen.”*

* Well, technically speaking, the writer who sort of said this didn’t specifically say she killed Judith Kitchen; more implied, really.

Also, just now by the very loud gentleman sitting next to me as we all await the opening of the exhibition hall: “Novel is a farce.”

And his compatriot: “I’m sorry, but I hate capitalism.”

Best Beer

Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic Brewing Co. And at $12 in the roundabout bar at the ground floor of the Westin Bonaventure, it should be the best. And if you see Mark Spitzer, author of the hilarious “Bromancing the Gar” essay in Terrain.org, don’t bring up his $25 double rum and Coke. Yowza.

Up Next

Things officially kick off at 9 a.m. this morning. The Terrain.org booth is mostly set up, thanks to poetry editor Derek Sheffield’s mad sheet-hanging skills. Various editors will be working the booth, and I’ll be there most of the conference. Just me and 15,000 of my closest writer friends. And you?



Simmons B. Buntin is the founding editor-in-chief of Terrain.org and the author of two books of poetry (Bloom and Riverfall) and Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places. He didn’t get enough sleep last night, and for that he blames Kathryn Miles.

Photo of the view from our room at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles by Simmons B. Buntin.

Terrain.org is the world’s first online journal of place, publishing a rich mix of literature, artwork, case studies, and more since 1997.