A poet laureate is a poet officially appointed by a government body. His or her purpose is to compose or choose poems to recite at special events and occasions for the community in which they have been named. The Italians were the first to use poet laureates and in Britain the poet is also paid for his/her service. In 2018, for the first time in its history, Anaheim has appointed a Poet Laureate, Grant Hier. Grant and his wife Laura are long time residents of Anaheim. Hier is a creative writing professor at Laguna College of Art + Design in Laguna Beach and has published several collections including his book "Untended Garden", about Southern California history and culture, which won him the Prize Americana award. His latest publication, Similitude, a poetry collection, was launched in late 2018. Poetry can often reach into places in our hearts and minds and bring peace in times of sorrow and joy. To take advantage of the postings and work Grant is doing as our City's first poet laureate, you can visit ghier.com or follow him on Facebook(Grant Hier) or Instagram (anaheim_poet).