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GRANT HIER, LCAD CHAIR, NOMINATED FOR AMERICAN BOOK AWARD AND KATE TUFTS DISCOVERY AWARD »

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GRANT HIER, LAGUNA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN CHAIR NOMINATED FOR AMERICAN BOOK AWARD AND KATE TUFTS DISCOVERY AWARD

Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) announced Untended Garden — Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia by Grant Hier, chair of LCAD Liberal Arts and Art History, has just been nominated for both an American Book Award and the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, two of the most prestigious literary awards in America. Hier’s book-length poem was named winner of Prize Americana 2014 and was published by The Poetry Press in 2015. Hier was also recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

“Grant Hier’s prestigious literary nominations are excellent examples of how LCAD is dedicated to bringing the top practicing scholars, designers and artists to the classroom so that LCAD students will learn from the best,” said Jonathan Burke, president of LCAD. “I am thrilled that Grant is receiving recognition for the literary merit of his writing and storytelling skills and I applaud him for his talent, his hard work and his achievements.”

The American Book Award nomination statement declared, “By blending personal memory with generational experience, Hier sheds light on often-overlooked histories, and celebrates the diversity of all life forms that have existed in this same place and connects us all as vital parts of the shared continuum. Untended Garden is an outstanding contribution to American literature [and] a profound exploration into what it means to be an American.”

American Book Award is sponsored by the Before Columbus Foundation (BCF). Founded in 1976, BCF is a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of contemporary American, multicultural literature. The winners are nominated and selected by a panel of writers, editors and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture. Past American Book Award winners include William H. Gass, Don DeLillo, William Kennedy, Gary Snyder, May Sarton, Li-Young Lee, Louise Erdich, Sandra Cisneros, Juan Felipe Herrera, Cornel West, Art Spiegelman, Bell Hooks, Isabel Allende and Toni Morrison.

The Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry awards are considered among the world’s most generous and distinguished prizes for books of poetry. The Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given to a poet who demonstrates genuine promise in their first book of published poetry, with an attached purse of $10,000.

Poet Charles Harper Webb, who was awarded the 1998 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for his book, Reading the Water said, “Grant Hier’s Untended Garden is a poem that should be chanted by firelight at the entrance to a cave. It is a journey of self-discovery, shifting back and forth in time, propelled by rhythms of creation and sensations of the natural world.  It is a well-wrought psychic quest for a life rooted in the contemporary while still in ancient sympathy with the earth.”

Hier will read and sign his book, Untended Garden at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Muzeo, 241 South Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, California. For information please visit: http://granthier.com/EVENTS/

Further reading:

Of Family, Gardens and Impermanence” in Los Angeles Times

Averi Endow, Grant Hier, Oil on panel, 5″x7″, 2012