Writing & the Writing Life


There are a lot of online literary magazines out there, and it seems that more and more are popping up every day. It’s pretty easy nowadays to start one up. Just get a free blog and announce to the world that you’re currently accepting submissions. But it’s hard to maintain a magazine, whether it’s print or online.

One online magazine I want to encourage everyone to visit and read is Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments, founded and edited by Simmons Buntin, one of the most passionate and energetic literary folks out there. He’s an unsung hero–as many editors are–who not only puts out great content on a beautifully designed and maintained site, but he has published 33 issues of Terrain.org since 1997. If you ask me, that’s already an impressive run.


Luke Parsons, “Bosque del Apache Cottonwood, New Mexico” (2011), Source: Terrain.org

Every issue of Terrain.org includes poems, stories, and essays, of course, but it also integrates audio and features some gorgeous images.

7-blocksofterrainLucinda Bliss, “Blocks of Terrain” (2012), Source: Terrain.org

I had the pleasure of presenting one of Simmons’ poems, “Friday Afternoon,” in the Winter 2010 issue of the North American Review. His book of poetry Bloom  (Salmon 2011) is definitely worth checking out, but I’m perhaps more excited to read his most recent  Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places (Planetizen 2013).


Here’s an enticing blurb: “Utilizing a dozen case studies from throughout North America, Unsprawl examines the visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies employed to introduce new patterns of development into a regulatory, cultural and financial landscape structured to encourage sprawl.”

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This entry was posted on August 23, 2013 by in Literary Magazines, Literature.
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