D.L. Lang is the Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California, and the author of nine poetry collections, and one spoken word album. Her work has also been published in the Benicia Herald and the Jewish Journal. Several of her pieces have been honored with awards at the Solano County Fair, Alameda County Fair, and the Marin County Fair.
Her books include 2016’s Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing “Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes.”
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot as a child, yet spent the latter half of my childhood and graduated high school in Enid, Oklahoma, a city of about 50,000 people located in Northwestern Oklahoma, so I tend to think of that as my hometown. I wrote the majority of my first poetry book while living there. This is reflected in my poetry on occasion, but I also am fascinated by the history of that place and poems like "Dining with your Skeleton" and "Blanton-Kiowa Line" reflect a love for where I grew up. I now live in the bay area in California, which is the polar opposite in a lot of ways, but I retain friends in both places.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poems around age 10. I only have a few of those poems due to a computer crash that occured a few years later. I had a strong desire to be a writer at age 11, and while I took many detours throughout my adult life, poetry has always been there. A lot of my childhood poetry is now archived in my first four books.