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LCAD Chair of Liberal Arts + Art History, Grant Hier

GRANT HIER, CHAIR AT LAGUNA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN RELEASES AWARD-WINNING BOOK OF POETRY, Untended Garden, a personal journey about author’s roots in Orange County


Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) today announced the release of Untended Garden, the 2014 Prize Americana-winning, book-length poem written by LCAD Liberal Arts and Art History Chair, Grant Hier, and published by Press Americana’s The Poetry Press. Hier also was awarded the 2014 Nancy Dew Taylor Prize for Literary Excellence in Poetry and the 2013 Kick Prize, each for different poems. The author is donating all of his proceeds from sales of the book to benefit nonprofits throughout Orange County.

Grant Hier will read and sign Untended Garden at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Laguna College of Art and Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

“We are thrilled to see Grant’s work receive the attention and accolades it deserves,” said LCAD President Jonathan Burke. “Through his passion and dedication to art, writing and music, he personifies the definition of a great artist with the power to affect positive change and create connection through his work.”

Hier began Untended Garden 21 years ago, during completion of his graduate coursework at California State University Long Beach. “This is a quest narrative with snippets of history – centering on Orange County and Southern California – digging for unseen roots so they are not lost or forgotten,” he said. “Who we are is directly related to what has come before: we are all connected.”

With his careful tending through the years, the poem’s final form required detailed historical, archeological and linguistic research, and includes the language of the Tongva people who inhabited Southern California for thousands of years. The poem reaches even further back to reference ancient human and geological history and pre-history.

“I finished the poem 20 years ago for my master’s thesis,” Hier said, “but I wound up honing it for the next 20 years. Last year, when I came across the Prize Americana mission statement, I knew it was the right time and that was where I had to submit it. To win such a prestigious award and be published by Americana, I feel very fortunate indeed and honored beyond words.” Americana states that it seeks to publish “material that examines such issues as social justice, human rights, environmental awareness, the human condition, diversity, love, compassion and ethical and moral obligations. In other words, we are passionate about projects that empower and uplift humanity.”

Pictured on Untended Garden’s cover is a tree planted by the author’s grandmother when Hier was a child and a survey plat of the neighborhood of Hier’s childhood and present-day home, the central location of Untended Garden.

For a complete schedule of Hier’s reading events, please visit

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