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Due to the coronavirus crisis, our selection process for Anaheim’s new poet laureate has been delayed. We’ll resume the application process once we are able to and hopefully be able to announce a new poet laureate soon.

Past Poet Laureate: Grant Hier

Grant Hier webGrant Hier was Anaheim’s inaugural poet laureate and literary ambassador, working to connect our community through great writing.

His term ended on April 30, 2020. 

During his tenure, he shared his love of poetry with Anaheim at public readings, library events, community gatherings and social media. 

“The best poetry shows us who we are,” Hier says. “It broadens our perspective. It shows us how other people think and live and how much we have in common. And that builds compassion and community.”

Hier’s favorite poem? “Song of Myself” by American great Walt Whitman.

“I love it for its all-inclusiveness and tremendous heart,” he says. “He revolutionized poetry with his form.”

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