Terrain.org 25th Anniversary Reading

Room 437, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Saturday, March 11, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Celebrate the world’s longest-publishing online literary journal of place with a multigenre, multimedia reading by Victoria Chang, Alison Hawthorne Deming, J. Drew Lanham, and Brian Turner, moderated by Terrain.org founder and editor Simmons Buntin. Founded in 1997, Terrain.org publishes a rich mix of literature, editorials, artwork, and community case studies with a particular focus on environmental, social, and climate justice in a beautiful, interactive, and highly accessible online magazine.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Terrain.org_25th_Anniversary_Reading_Event_Outline_AWP_2023_.pdf



Simmons Buntin is the founder and editor in chief of Terrain.org, the world's oldest online placed-based literary journal. His books are Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy; Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places; and the poetry books Bloom and Riverfall.

Alison Hawthorne Deming's most recent books are A Woven World and the poetry collection Stairway to Heaven. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she is Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada.

J. Drew Lanham is a Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University. The author of The Homeplace—Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed) and Sparrow Envy—Poems (Holocene). He is intrigued with ethnic prisms bend perceptions of nature.

Brian Turner (author of My Life as a Foreign Country; Here, Bullet; and Phantom Noise) received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Fellowship, an NEA grant, the Amy Lowell, the Poets’ Prize, and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Orlando with the world's best dog, Dene.

Ellen Bass’s most recent collection, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Her other poetry books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Among her awards are Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, and The California Arts Council, The Lambda Literary Award, and three Pushcart Prizes. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Bass founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz, California jails, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University.


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