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Project Manager, Editor, Writer, Dog Walker


Simmons Buntin is a project manager, editor, writer, publisher, marketer, communications manager, team leader, facilitator, thinker, creator, dog walker, and all-around good guy.

He is the editor-in-chief of Terrain.org, which he founded in 1997. He is also executive director and president of the board of Terrain Publishing, the small parent nonprofit organization that provides the business structure for Terrain.org and related educational, scientific, and literary activities.

Simmons is the co-editor of the anthology Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy and the author of a book of community case studies — Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places — as well as two books of poetry published by Ireland’s Salmon Poetry: Bloom and Riverfall. He has also published literary and technical writing, as well as a few photographs in such venues as Orion, ISLE, Kyoto Review, North American Review, and Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society. He also teaches the occasional course at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and lectures on web project management, community design and sustainability, editing, and writing.

Currently, Simmons is the director of marketing and communications for the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. In that capacity, he is responsible for marketing, branding, communications, media relations, and storytelling for the college and its programs. For more than a decade, he was also president of Ocotillo Design, though that side business is now static.

Simmons is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Professional Project Manager (PMP), the highest certification for the project management profession. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Auburn University, his Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver (where he was chosen as the program’s outstanding 1997 graduate and his thesis on redeveloping suburban downtowns using principles of sustainability won an American Planning Association – Colorado award), and his MFA in creative writing (nonfiction) from the University of Arizona. He also holds a certificate in energy management from North Carolina State University.

In his spare time he enjoys photography, hiking, reading, community events, literary readings, everything Harry Potter, and visiting national parks and communities across the West. He volunteers his time at Terrain.org and Terrain Publishing.

He welcomes your questions, comments, and requests to play Albus Dumbledore at your next Harry Potter celebration.

Press and Interviews

The Soul of Place: Simmons Buntin ’91 works where beauty, environment and story intersect
April 18, 2022, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University

Word National Poetry Month Podcast
April 20, 2020, KJZZ NPR Phoenix

Literary MagNet: Andrea Cohen
August 14, 2019, Poets & Writers

Network Makes Environmental Change Tangible
September 26, 2016, UA News

Taylor Brorby Interview with Simmons Buntin
Fall 2015, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies

Simmons Buntin Recommends [10 Books for Teenagers]
February 7, 2013, The University of Arizona Poetry Center

Melissa L. Lamberton Interviews Terrain.org Editor-in-Chief Simmons B. Buntin
November 19, 2010, Iowa State University

Eller Web Manager Shows His Creative Side
August 4, 2010, UA News

Editor Interview: Terrain.org
June 8, 2010, Duotrope

When Will Online Writing Get the Respect It Deserves?
April 22, 2008, Matador Network

Men of the Wide Web Poetry World: Terrain.org Editor Simmons B. Buntin
October 7, 2007, MiPOesias Magazine

Joe Carroccio Interviews Simmons Buntin [Audio]
August 6, 2007, Author’s Voice

Poetic Sustenance
April 2007, Writer’s Digest

First Book Interview with Simmons B. Buntin
July 1, 2006, Every Other Day

Awards, Accolades, and Other Cool Stuff

Simmons walking the dogs
Nangia, the pooch

Simmons has won a number of awards, accolades, residencies, and other cool stuff. Here are some of the more interesting bits:

  • Visiting Writer/Editor and Lecture on “Contemporary Poetry and the Climate Emergency,” Auburn University, 2022
  • Terrain.org Named Finalist for AWP Small Press Publisher Award, 2022, 2020, and 2018
  • Guest Lecture on “How Digital Landscapes Can Save Actual Landscapes,” Zion Canyon Mesa, 2021
  • Editor-in-Residence, Southern Utah University, 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2017
  • Finalist, Prose Chapbook Competition, Iron Horse Literary Review, 2019
  • Staff Award for Excellence, Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona, 2019
  • Visiting Writer and Featured Earth Day Reader, Wenatchee Valley College, 2019
  • Literary Introducer and Featured Editor, Southern Utah University, 2016
  • Featured Instructor and Reader, Katchemak Bay Writers Conference, 2015
  • Field Residencies: Mount St. Helens Science Pulse, 2015 and 2010
  • Visiting Writer, Randolph College, 2014
  • Contest Finalist for the Poem “Home and Back Again,” TIFERET: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, 2010
  • Travel Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts, 2009
  • Honorable Mention for the Essay “A Pure Color,” 2008 Collegiate Nonfiction Award, The Atlantic, 2009
  • Pushcart Prize Nominee for the Poem “In May I Consider My Websites,” Isotope, 2009
  • Second Prize for the Essay “Palo del Muerte,” Intercultural Essay Prize, 2009
  • Creative Nonfiction Award for the Essay “The Sum of All Species,” Mid-American Review, 2008
  • Jack Huggins Scholarship for the Study of Literature in the Southwest for the Essay “Borderland Dreams,” The University of Arizona, 2007
  • Travel Grant, Tucson-Pima Arts Council, 2006
  • Colorado Artists Fellowship for Poetry, 2000
  • Media Award for Sustainable Development, Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy, University of Colorado at Denver, 2000
  • Outstanding Graduate, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado Denver, 1997
  • Best Student Project Award for Thesis Community Redeveloped, American Planning Association – Colorado, 1997
  • Poetry Prize, Academy of American Poets, 1991