Grant Hier is the inaugural Poet Laureate of the City of Anaheim.

In 2014 he was named recipient of Prize Americana for his book Untended Garden, which was also nominated for both an American Book Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He was the winner of the Nancy Dew Taylor Prize for Literary Excellence in Poetry (2014) and the Kick Prize for poetry (2013). Several of his pieces have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.




Untended Garden — Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia is a book-length poem published in 2015 (Press Americana / The Poetry Press)Two poetry collections were released in 2018: The Difference Between (Pelekinesis) and Similitude (Pelekinesis). A book of historical flash fiction, co-written with John Brantingham (Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks), is forthcoming from Pelekinesis in 2019. It will be titled: California Continuum — Migrations and Amalgamations (Volume 1), with a foreword by D. J. Waldie.



Individual poems have been published in such literary journals as Zócalo Public SquareDallas Review, Anastamos, Poetry/LA, Poetry DigestChiron Review, Poets Against the War, Review Americana, WTC Remembrances, PearlBlue Fifth Review Quarterly, Orange County Review, Orange Coast Review, Emrys JournalRipRap, Re)verb, SlipstreamCity Dialogues, Tandava, Faith, StymieWord Riot, and others. 


Grant's poetry has also been anthologized in such books as Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday, 2017), Only Light Can Do That (Rattling Wall/PEN Cener USA, 2016), and Monster Verse — Human and Inhuman Poems (Knopf/Everyman, 2015).


Three of his 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, including in The 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

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.




In addition to writing, Grant is a musical artist, visual artist, former graphic designer and art director. He wrote and produced the 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), which features contributions by John Doe, David Hidalgo, George Saunders, Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis Urrea and others. Grant recorded his own original musical compositions at A&M Studios in Los Angeles for A&M Records. His installation art has been featured in several gallery showings across Southern California. 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.



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.


»  Similitude  |  Pelekinesis, 2018

»  The Difference Between  |  Pelekinesis, 2018

»  Untended Garden — Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia  |  The Poetry Press, 2014




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




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

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

»  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 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"




»  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  |  2018 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year  |  Character of Stanley Hohner voiced by Grant Hier 




»  Joyride — Friends Take the Wheel  |  2018  |  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 47 artists  |  Written and Produced by Grant Hier