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Grant Hier was named recipient of PRIZE AMERICANA for his book Untended Garden (The Poetry Press, 2015), which was also nominated for both an AMERICAN BOOK AWARD and the KATE TUFTS DISCOVERY AWARD.  He was 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. His poetry has been anthologized in Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday, Forthcoming in 2017), Only Light Can Do That (Rattling Wall / PEN Cener USA, 2016), Monster Verse — Human and Inhuman Poems (Knopf / Everyman, 2015). Three fiction pieces were included in LA Fiction Anthology: Southland Stories by Southland Writers (Red Hen Press, 2016). His poems have been widely published internationally, including in Emrys Journal, Dallas Review, Poetry Digest, Poets Against the War, Zócalo Public Square, Review Americana, Blue Fifth Review Quarterly, WTC Remembrances, Pearl, Poetry/LA, Chiron Review, Orange County Review, Orange Coast Review, RipRap, Re)verb, SlipstreamCity Dialogues, Tandava, Faith, Stymie, Word Riot, and others. His fiction, reviews, and essays have been widely published as well, 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. He has served as editor, managing editor, and editor-in-chief of several literary journals and magazines. In addition to writing, he is a musical artist, visual artist, graphic designer, and former art director. He recorded his original musical compositions for A&M Records in Los Angeles, and his installation art has been featured in several gallery showings. As a voice actor, he contributed the part of Stanley Hohner for the Audio Book version of George Saunders' novel, Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel (Penguin / Random House, Forthcoming on February 14, 2017). Grant earned his MA in Literature and MFA in Creative Writing Poetry at CSULB. He is a Professor of English at Laguna College of Art + Design where he teaches creative writing in the BFA and MFA programs.  

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