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City of Laguna Beach Poet Laureate Showcase at LCAD Gallery
Thursday, September 14th
7:00–9:00 p.m.


LCAD Gallery
374 Ocean Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Kate Buckley, City of Laguna Beach’s inaugural Poet Laureate, has launched a Poet Laureate’s Showcase series of readings, aimed at bringing nationally known poets to Laguna Beach. Literary luminaries featured to-date include Christopher Merrill, Kathryn Nuernberger, and Noah Blaustein.

The next Poet Laureate’s Showcase reading will be held Thursday, September 14th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at LCAD Gallery at 374 Ocean Avenue in downtown Laguna Beach. The literary showcase will include New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist, Tom Zoellner, and award-winning poets, Grant Hier and Kate Buckley. The reading will be followed by a conversation with the writers and refreshments.

This series is free and open to the public.  The Poet Laureate program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Poet Bios:

Kate Buckley
Kate Buckley has published poems inThe Adirondack Review, Bellingham Review, The Cafe Review, Chaparrel, The Heartland Review, North American Review, Poetry Foundation, Pop Art: An Anthology of Southern California Poetry, Shenandoah, Silk Road Review, Slipstream, and many others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and is the author of A Wild Region (Moon Tide Press), named a Midwest Book Review Selection, and Follow Me Down (Tebot Bach).

A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Kate’s awards include a Gabehart Prize and the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize. Her short story, “The Gods of Flight,” was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Kate is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of Laguna Beach.

Grant Hier
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 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. He has been widely published and anthologized in journals such as Pearl, Poetry/ LA ,Chiron Review, Orange County Review, Orange Coast Review, RipRap, Re)verb, and Slipstream.

Grant earned his BA in English at California State University at Fullerton, and both an MA in Literature and MFA in Creative Writing Poetry at California State University at Long Beach. For more than a decade he served as Chair of Liberal Arts and Art History and Faculty Senate President at Laguna College of Art + Design where he remains as Full Professor, teaching courses in Creative Writing, Literature, Critical Reasoning, and Senior Capstone.

Tom Zoellner
Tom Zoellner is the author of five nonfiction books, including Train. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book An Ordinary Man, and his book Uranium won the 2011 Science Writing Award from The American Institute of Physics. Tom has worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Arizona Republic, and as a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine. He is now an associate professor of English at Chapman University and the politics editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Tom is a founding member of the journalism collective Deca, and a teacher in the OpEd Project. Tom has received residencies from the Mesa Refuge, The Millay Colony for the Arts, the Corporation at Yaddo, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles.


Headshots (L – R): Grant Hier, Kate Buckley, Tom Zoellner