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Title: Similitude
Author: Grant Hier
Category: Poetry
Publication Date: September 21, 2018
Pages: 196
Binding: paperback
ISBN: 978-1-938349-98-0
Suggested Retail Price: $15.00

Claremont, CA – June 23, 2018 – Pelekinesis is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Similitude, new poetry from Grant Hier, available September 21, 2018 worldwide.

Similitude—meaning similarity, relationship, comparison—threads this new collection by Anaheim Poet Laureate and Prize Americana-winning author, Grant Hier. From the tightly woven, stand-alone sonic knots of the opening poems, to the mirrored diptych full-poem pairings in the section titled “To Anaphase” (the stage of cell division where chromosomes break and sister lines replicate to position themselves opposite, like a reflected image of the source)—on through to the final section of aphorisms and analogies, which are at once humorous and profound. The entire book Similitude, then, itself is similitude: a companion to Hier’s previous collection, The Difference Between—all thoughtful, well-wrought poetry that simultaneously connects the unexpected and reveals to us places of resonance.

Similitude by Grant Hier will be available through Small Press Distribution, Baker & Taylor, Bertrams, directly from the publisher's website, and in fine local bookstores worldwide.

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About the author

Grant Hier was appointed as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Anaheim in 2018. His long poem, Untended Garden: Histories and Reinhabitation in Suburbia, was awarded Prize Americana in 2014, published as a book by Poetry Press the following year, and subsequently nominated for both an American Book Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His poetry collection The Difference Between (Pelekinesis) was published in April of 2018, to which Similitude is a companion collection. A book of historical flash fiction, California Continuum: Migrations and Amalgamations, which was co-written with the Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks, John Brantingham, is forthcoming in February, 2019 (also on Pelekinesis). Grant has previously been awarded the Nancy Dew Taylor Prize for Literary Excellence in Poetry and the Kick Prize for poetry. His writing has been anthologized in such books as Only Light Can Do That (Rattling Wall/PEN Center USA), Monster Verse—Human and Inhuman Poems (Knopf/Everyman), Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday), LA Fiction Anthology (Red Hen), and John Fante: A Critical Gathering (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). In addition to writing, he is a musical artist, visual artist, and former graphic designer and art director. 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 and Design where he teaches a variety of Liberal Arts classes, including creative writing. More at

About the publisher

Pelekinesis is a small book publishing company focusing on the development of independent authors and artists by creatively embracing the evolving publishing paradigm and utilizing modern distribution platforms. Full catalog and press material can be found at


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