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Grant Hier was appointed as the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Anaheim (2018-2020).

Other literary honors include Prize Americana (2014) for his book Untended Garden, the Nancy Dew Taylor Prize for Literary Excellence in Poetry (2014) for his poem "The Difference Between Rattle and Settling," and the Kick Prize for poetry (2013) for his poem "Between Ellipses." He has been nominated for several other prizes.


For his community service, on behalf of the Refugee Forum of Orange County, he was named recipient of The World Refugee Day Courage Award (2019). 

In 2022 he co-founded, with Poet Laureate of Los Angeles Lynne Thompson, both “A Day of Poetry in Los Angeles” and the “Southern California Poets United for Ukraine” campaign via CORE. 




PRACTICE: 394 Poems in 365 Days, a poetry collection and teaching text, is forthcoming. 


Also forthcoming is California Continuum, Volume Two, a companion to California Continuum, Volume One — Migrations and Amalgamations, a book of historical flash fiction co-authored with John Brantingham, and featuring a foreword by D. J. Waldie.


Two original poetry collections by Grant were released in 2018 on Pelekinesis: The Difference Between and Similitude.

Untended Garden — Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia 
is a book-length long poem published in 2015 (The Poetry Press/Press Americana).



Individual poems have been published in such literary journals as Zócalo Public Square, Interlitq: The International Literary Quarterly, LAdigePratik: A Magazine of Contemporary WritingTAB: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Dallas Review, Anastamos, Poetry/LA, Poetry DigestChiron Review, Poets Against the War, Review Americana, WTC Remembrances, Omnium Gatherum QuarterlyPearlBlue Fifth Review Quarterly, Orange County Review, Orange Coast Review, Emrys JournalRipRap, Re)verb, Verse-Virtual, SlipstreamCity Dialogues, Tandava, Faith, StymieWord Riot, and others. 


Grant's poetry has also been anthologized in such books as Without a Doubt—poems illuminating faith (a New York Quarterly Anthology, 2021), Floored (Kingly Street Press, 2021), Making Up—Poems of Beauty, Reconciliation, & Invention (Picture Show Press, 2020), Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday, 2017), Love Poems (Basement Projects, 2016), Only Light Can Do That (Rattling Wall/PEN Cener USA, 2016), Monster Verse — Human and Inhuman Poems (Knopf/Everyman, 2015), and others.


Three fiction pieces were included in LA Fiction Anthology: Southland Stories by Southland Writers (Red Hen Press, 2016). A flash fiction piece from the 2018 UK Flash Fiction Festival was included in the anthology Flash Fiction Journal — Two.

Grant's essays and reviews have been widely published as well, including in So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
Tree StoriesThe Review of Contemporary FictionJeffers Studies, and Explorations in English Studies — as well as in the books Teaching Composition with Literature and John Fante: A Critical Gathering.

A personal essay on the mentorship of poet Sharon Olds, "Finding a Way In: Of Axis Shifts, Unblinkingness, and Kintsugi," will appear in
This Glistening Verban anthology out of the University of Michigan Press as part of their Under Discussion series

Since the 1990s Grant has served as editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief of several literary journals and magazines. He is currently poetry editor for Chiron Review. He serves on the the advisory boards of Citric Acid and The Journal of Radical Wonder

Grant penned the liner notes to the Los Lobos album, Llegó Navidad (Warner Music Group/Rhino). That writing was entered for a 2020 Grammy Award ("Best Album Notes—Grant Hier, Writer"). The band then extended the invitation to write the liner notes for their next release, Native Sons (New West Records), and that writing was entered for a 2021 Grammy Award ("Best Album Notes—Grant Hier, Writer"). Native Sons won the Grammy that year for "Best Americana Album."Grant also penned the liner notes for a special edition WAR 5-LP color vinyl box set (limited to 5,000 pressings) from Warner Music Group/Rhino), titled WAR: The Vinyl: 1971-1975.




In addition to writing, Grant is a musical artist, visual artist,  former graphic designer, and art director. He has recorded his original musical compositions at various studios, including as part of an A&R deal for A&M Records. His installation art has been featured in several gallery showings across Southern California.


In 2018 he wrote, produced, and performed on the double-CD JOYRIDE: Friends Take the Wheel, a companion to the book Good Morning, Aztlán: The Words, Pictures & Songs of Louie Pérez (Tia Chucha / Northwestern University Press, 2018). That recording of spoken word and music featured 50 artists, and was entered for a 2019 Grammy Award ("Best Folk Album—Grant Hier, Producer").


As a voice actor, he contributed the part of Stanley Hohner for the audiobook version of the New York Times bestseller, Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel (Penguin/Random House, 2017), by George Saunders. That recording won the 2018 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year.

His most recent voice work appears on My Autobiography Vol. 1 by David Greenberger, (PelPel Recordings, 2024) which also features the voices of Penn Jillette, Teller, Beth Harrington, Mike Watt, Louie Pérez, Marshall Crenshaw and others, with music by Tyson Rogers.



Grant earned his BA in English from California State University at Fullerton, and both an MA in Literature and MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from California State University at Long Beach. After a decade of teaching writing at UC Irvine, he became full professor at Laguna College of Art + Design where he served as Chair of Liberal Arts and Art History and Faculty Senate President. He continues full time at LCAD, teaching courses in creative writing, literature, critical reasoning, and senior capstone

Averi Endow  |  "Grant Hier"  |  5"

Averi Endow | "Grant Hier" | 5" x 7" Oil on Panel

Grant Hier (photo by Xun Chi)


»  Similitude  |  Pelekinesis, 2018 


»  The Difference Between   |  Pelekinesis, 2018 


»  Untended Garden — Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia (A Long Poem)  |  Poetry Press / Press Americana, 2015






»  California Continuum, , Volume One — Migrations and Amalgamations  |  co-written with John Brantingham  |  Pelekinesis, 2019






»  Without a Doubt — poems illuminating faith  |  New York Quarterly Anthology, 2021  |  "Rapture"


»  Floored   |  Kingly Street Press, 2021  |  "Self-Similar"


»  Making Up—Poems of Beauty, Reconciliation, & Invention  |  Picture Show Press, 2020  |  "Because the sky was soft and slow"


»  Flash Fiction Festival — Two  |  Ad Hoc Fiction, 2018  |  "The Current Threaded"


»  Orange County: A Literary Field Guide  |  Heyday, 2017  |  "Untended Garden" excerpt


»  Love Poems  |  Basement Projects, 2016  |  "The Difference Between Entropy and Evaporation"  >  "Not Tired"  >  "I Must Sing"  >  "Kiss Me Hard (and Press Your Length)"  > "Threnody"  >  "I Wish I Hadn't Made That Connection (or that one either...)"  > "The Difference Between Rattle and Settling"


»  Only Light Can Do That: 100 Post-Election Poems, Stories & Essays  |  Rattling Wall/PEN Center USA, 2016  |  "Shame and Shock (Villanelle on The Etymology of an Election)"


»  LA Fiction Anthology: Southland Stories by Southland Writers  |  Red Hen Press, 2016  |  "The Snack Bar"  >  "Duffle Bag of Balls"  > "Bat Rack" 


»  Monster Verse — Human and Inhuman Poems  |  Knopf/Everyman, 2015  |  "The Surgeon Turns the Scalpel on Himself"


»  Poets Against the War  |  Poets Against the War, 2003  | "The Difference Between Repair and Reconstruction"


»  WTC Remembrances  |  September, 2002  |  "The Difference Between Repair and Reconstruction"


»  John Fante — A Critical Gathering  |  Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999  |  "Written Like Mad Sonnets: The Poetics of John Fante's Prose"






»  "Finding a Way In: Of Axis Shifts, Unblinkingness, and Kintsugi"  |  Non-Fiction Essay  |  This Glistening Verb  —  On the Poetry and Mentorship of Sharon Olds  |  Part of the Under Discussion Series  |  University of Michigan Press  |  Forthcoming


»  "How Trees Inspire: The Whole World Kin"  |  Non-Fiction Essay  |   So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library   Issue X — Our Good Earth: Kurt Vonnegut and the Environment, 2022


»  "How Trees Inspire: The Whole World Kin"  |  Non-Fiction Essay  |   Tree Stories   |   Catalog of the Sasse Museum of Art Exhibit:  Tree Stories, Curated by Gene Sasse, 2021






»  Explorations in English Studies  |  April, 1997  |   "Human Struggle Amidst Angelic Voices: Teaching the Creative Writing of Poetry"  |  Juried


»  Jeffers Studies  |  Summer/Fall, 1995  |  "Truth, Myth, and 'The Great Wound'"  |  Juried 


»  Jeffers Studies  |  Fall, 1994  |  "The Dance of Shiva and Concepts of Hinduism in Robinson Jeffers's Poetry"  |   Juried


»  Jeffers Studies   Summer, 1994  |  "Robinson Jeffers and Thuban"  |  Juried






»  Teaching Composition With Literature  |  Addison Wesley Longman, 1999  |  "Connecting Images in Sylvia Plath's 'Metaphors.' — Stressing process over formula"  |  Invited   ||  "Beyond Binary Thinking: 'My Papa's  Waltz' by Theodore Roethke"  |  Invited 


»  The Review of Contemporary Fiction  |  Spring, 1998  |  Book  Review of The Troika, by Stephan Chapman  |  Invited 






»  Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel  by George Saunders  |  Penguin/Random House  |  Character of Stanley Hohner voiced by Grant Hier  |  2018 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year 






»  My Autobiography Vol. 1 by David Greenberger   |  PelPel Recordings 2024 |  "N.F.G." Read by Grant Hier  |  With Music by Tyson Rogers  |  David Greenberger's Autobiographical Monologues Voiced by Jay Allison, Peter Blegvad, Lee Cave-Berry, Paul Cebar, Sean Cole, Marshall Crenshaw, Amy Denio, Daniel Findley, Jane Greenberger, Norabelle Greenberger, Rae Greenhart, Amira Harari, Beth Harrington, Grant Hier, Georgia Hubley, Penn Jillette, Ira Kaplan, Phil Kaplan, Eric Kraft, Tom Landis, Elizabeth McCracken, Geoff Muldaur, Louie Pérez, Kimberley Rew, Clementine Rogers, Teller, Louis Tenenbaum, Chandler Travis, Mike Watt.


»  WAR: The Vinyl: 1971-1975 by WAR  Liner Notes  |  2021  |  Text for exclusive 5-LP color vinyl box set and CD package, strictly limited to 5,000 copies worldwide


»  Llegó Navidad by Los Lobos  Liner Notes  |  2019  |  Text for LP album jacket back cover & 4-panel, 2-sided inner sleeve; and CD 20-page book and Softpak panels  |  Entered for a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Liner Notes 


»  Joyride — Friends Take the Wheel   |  2018  |  Written and Produced by Grant Hier  |  A companion to the book Good Morning, Aztlán: The Words, Pictures & Songs of Louie Pérez  (Tia Chucha / Northwestern University Press, 2018)  |  Double CD featuring music and spoken word performed by 50 artists. Readers include: George Saunders, Ser Anzoategui, Luís Alberto Urrea, Rose Portillo, Diane Rodriguez, Grant Hier, Luis J. Rodriguez, David Greenberger, Eileen Galindo, Guy Vickers, Ginger McBride, Mary Pérez, Luis Torres, Laura Andrade Padilla Dent, as well as Herbert Sigüenza, Ric Salinas and Richard Montoya of the performance troupe Culture Clash. Contributing musicians include: David Hidalgo, John Doe, Rick Trevino, Mitchell Froom, Vonda Shepard, Josh Baca, Max Baca, Althea Grace, Wesley Stace, Doyle Bramhall II, LPIII, Ruby Rosas, Edward David Anderson, Jackie Greene, Syd Straw, Hahn Rowe (Somatic), Donald Edgar Piper, Michel Delory, John McCauley, and the bands Quetzal, Cambalache, and Making Movies  |  Entered for a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album  

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