Grant Hier

Grant Hier served as the inaugural poet laureate of Anaheim. Other honors include Prize Americana, the Nancy Dew Taylor Prize, the Kick Prize, and the World Refugee Day Courage Award. Poetry books are Untended GardenThe Difference Between, and Similitude. A volume of poetry and instruction, Practice: 394 Poems in 365 Days, is forthcoming. He co-authored with John Brantingham, Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks the flash fiction book, California Continuum Vol. One. Grant’s poetry, fiction, and essays are widely anthologized. He’s been entered for three Grammy Awards (as both writer and producer). As a voice actor he contributed to the audio book of George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the 2018 Audie Award for Audiobook of the year. Grant is a Full Professor at Laguna College of Art + Design, poetry editor for Chiron Review, and on the advisory board of Citric Acid.

Marlene Hitt

Marlene was the first poet laureate of Sunland Tujunga. She has been a member of the Chupa Rosa Writers of Sunland-Tujunga and the Foothills since its inception in 1985. In addition to poetry chapbooks, anthologies and readings, she has authored a non-fiction book Sunland-Tujunga, from Village to City. She serves at the Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga as Museum Director and docent. In addition to her poetry activities, she has served as history writer for the Foothill Leader and the Glendale News Press, the North Valley Reporter, the Voice of the Village newspaper, and the Shadow Hills Property Owners Association newsletter. She has been honored as the Woman of Achievement by the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She lives happily ever after with her husband Lloyd and an outdoor cat named Lautrémont.