Short and long bios are available below. View Simmons's CV in PDF format here.
Simmons B. Buntin is the founding editor of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. His first book of poetry, Riverfall, was published in 2005 by Ireland's Salmon Poetry and his second collection, Bloom, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. His newest book is Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places, with Ken Pirie (Planetizen Press, 2013). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Isotope, Orion, Hawk & Handsaw, Southwestern American Literature, High Desert Journal, ISLE, Freshwater, Kyoto Journal, Salamander, Versal, and North American Review.
Though Simmons B. Buntin’s terrain has varied from the scrub oak hammocks of central Florida to the thorny scarps of the Sonoran Desert, the rolling hardwood hills of Maryland to the flagstone trails of the Colorado Front Range, his path seems always directed by the pursuit of an eloquent balance between the built and natural environments. He has published poetry and prose in a variety of publications, from his neighborhood's The Town Crier to the leading environmental magazine Orion. He has a master's degree in urban and regional planning, concluded by an award-winning thesis on sustainable suburban downtown redevelopment.
In 1997, with fellow planning graduate Todd Ziebarth, he founded and today continues to edit Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.
Simmons transitioned from energy services program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy's Western Area Power Administration, after a stint in the software development world and as president of his web development company Ocotillo Design, to the role of web program manager for the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management.
He received an MFA in creative writing (nonfiction) at the UA, and lives in the Community of Civano in southeast Tucson, Arizona with his wife and two daughters.
Simmons readily admits that poetry and prose—the written or spoken word, the interplay of slight magic in the relationships of those things around and within us—must be at the heart of any successful, livable place. Composing the language is a brilliantly frustrating task, involving intricate details and entire communities. But it is the vital structure of our terrain, the stability and the change we need to survive. And to thrive.
He has won an Academy of American Poets Prize, Colorado Artist's Fellowship for Poetry, and Tucson-Pima Arts Council and Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, and has also served as a judge for the University of Arizona Poetry Center and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. His first book of poetry, Riverfall, was published in 2005 by Ireland's Salmon Poetry and his second collection, Bloom, was published by Salmon Poetry in 2010. His newest book is Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places, with Ken Pirie (Planetizen Press, 2013).
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