Thursday, July 10, 2008's Understory / Overgrowth Issue Now Online

The newest issue of A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments ( is No. 22, with the theme of "Understory / Overgrowth." It's online now, and is our biggest so far:


  • Three Catastrophes, One Sky, guest editorial by Kieran Suckling, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Editorials by Simmons B. Buntin, David Rothenberg (with audio), and Deborah Fries

  • Michael J. Vaughn interviews poet laureate Charles Simic

  • Poetry by Leonore Wilson, Twilight Greenaway, Paul Hostovsky, Elizabeth Simson (with audio), Joanna Gardner, Kathryn Kikrpatrick, Sarah Sarai, Lee Passarella, Nancy Takacs (with audio), Christine Klocek-Lim (with audio), Karla Linn Merrifield, John Estes, and Gretchen Primack


  • Catching Hell: The Joe Holt Integration Story, by Heather Killelea McEntarfer
  • The Teeming Abyss: Weaving Through the Pemon Amazon, by Paul Huebener
  • Waiting for the Train, by Deirdre Duffy
  • Kempsville Summer, 1961, by Richard Goodman
  • Sunset Canto, from River of Traps, with Online Slideshow, text by William deBuys, photos by Alex Harris


  • Nova, by Liz Warren-Pederson (with audio)
  • Coyote, by Werner A. Low
  • Higher Ground, by Darren Akerman
  • South of Flag, by Aaron H. Gilbreath
  • Devil Takes the Hindmost, by Rosalie Morales Kearns

  • The Future of Environmental Essay: A Discourse with Audio Excerpts, by Alison Hawthorne Deming, David Gessner, David Rothenberg, and Lauret Savoy
  • An Undefended Buffet: The Unnecessary Extinction of the Redbay, a Defining Southern Tree, by Susan Cerulean
  • Planting Pipelines in National Parks: The West-wide Energy Corridor and the Future of Public Lands in the West, by Erin Podolak
  • High Point: A Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing in Seattle, by Walker Wells
  • The Currency of Nature, by David Wann
UnSprawl Case Study

  • Bradburn Village in Westminster, Colorado
ARTerrain Gallery

  • Twelve conceptual nature drawings by Suzanne Stryk


  • Stephanie Eve Boone reviews Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach and More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want by Robert Engelman
  • Rich Michal reviews Design Charrettes for Sustainable Communities by Patrick M. Condon
  • Simmons B. Buntin reviews Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound by David Rothenberg

Check out the latest issue now at That's an order!


Shann Palmer said...

hey Simmons!

Long time no talk to...but I have to say this is one of the finest issues yet, and I'm not done reading.

I started with the editorials and columns and had to write you with my compliments before I got too far... thanks for this wonderful issue!

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Thanks Shann, and great to hear from you!