D.L. Lang

Biography

D.L. Lang is a contemporary American poet and spoken word artist. The author of over a dozen poetry books, Lang has been writing poetry for over 25 years. She has performed her poetry on stage hundreds of times at protest rallies, county fairs, literary festivals, open mics, poetry circles, bookstores, libraries, and live radio broadcasts.

From 2017 to 2019 she served as Vallejo, California's Poet Laureate. Her poems have been awarded with numerous county fair ribbons, transformed into songs, used as liturgy for prayer, and to advocate for peace, justice, and a better world.

The scribe of over 1,200 poems from haiku to free verse to masterful rhyme, covering a wide variety of topics, D.L. Lang has poetry that's sure to delight. Lang dabbles in both gritty realism and surrealistic wordplay, sorrowful elegy and uplifting affirmations. Her poetry is a mixture of topical political commentary, religious devotional meditations, and poetic autobiographical memoir. Her words take you on journeys deep into nature, memory, spirituality, and the whisperings of the heart.

She is the author of Tea & Sprockets, Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology, Look Ma! No Hands!, Poet Loiterer, Id Biscuits, Barefoot in the Sanctuary, Armor Against The Dawn, Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays, Resting on My Laurels, The Cafe of Dreams, Midnight Strike, and This Festival of Dreams. She has also released a chapbook compilation entitled Wanderings, a Jewish poetry compilation entitled Paradise Collectors, and her debut spoken word album entitled Happy Accidents, and is the editor of Voices, Verses & Visions of Vallejo.

Her poetry has also been published in the Benicia Herald, Poets Are Heroes Magazine, ReformJudaism.org, Poetry Expressed, Frost Meadow Review, and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Her poetry has been anthologized in numerous titles worldwide.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot as a child. I lived in Herleshausen, Germany, Santa Fe, Texas, and Alexandria, Louisiana during my early childhood. I spent the latter half of my childhood 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 in Enid. All these places are reflected in my poetry on occasion. Poems like "Dining with your Skeleton," “East Maine Noms,” and "Blanton-Kiowa Line" are just some of many poems inspired by Enid. “That Which the Realtor Cannot Itemize” is about our familial home in Herleshausen. I haven’t written much about Santa Fe or Alexandria, aside from the occasional Mardi Gras reference, but that’s only because my memory fails me, having lived in those places at a very young age. The majority of my work was composed while living as an adult in Vallejo, California.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember making up stories with my dad when I was a little kid long before I could read or write, and that’s probably the root of my storytelling ability.
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Where to find D.L. Lang online

Series

Poetry from the soul to the page
Topical left-wing political protest poetry, autobiographical memoir poems, poetry about loss and death, love poems, nature poetry, spiritual poetry, poems inspired by Judaism, poems inspired by music, poems about animals, poems about California, poems about Oklahoma, sad poems, uplifting poems, travel poetry, rhyming poems, prose poetry, haiku, free verse, surrealist poetry, realist poetry—you name it! All kinds of poetry are featured within these volumes. You’re bound to find something you like! Poetry from the soul to the page.
Poetry Box Sets
Box Sets featuring poetry by former Vallejo, California poet laureate D.L. Lang

Books

Paradise Collectors: A Book of Jewish Poetry
Series: Themed Poetry Collections. Price: Free! Words: 8,730. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2022. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Fiction » Religious
Paradise Collectors is a poetry book featuring poems inspired by Judaism, Jewish practice, synagogue life, and Jewish holidays. It includes the poem “Turning” which was featured on Reform Judaism online, and "Prayer for the Shomrim" previously published in the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. It includes a glossary for those unfamiliar with common Yiddish and Hebrew terminology.
Poet Loiterer
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 20,550. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Spiritual
Poet Loiterer is D.L. Lang's fifth poetry book. This 180 page collection features nature poems, protest poems, spiritual poems, and story poems.
The Fourth Evolution: The Collected Poetry of D.L. Lang (1993-2016)
Series: Poetry Box Sets. Price: Free! Words: 129,350. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Poetry » Spiritual
Eight books in one boxed set by poet D.L. Lang. Poetry from the soul to the page. Poetry pre-dating D.L. Lang's service as the poet laureate of Vallejo, California. All kinds of poetry are featured within these volumes.
D.L. Lang: The Poet Laureate Years
Series: Poetry Box Sets. Price: Free! Words: 43,790. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature, Poetry » Female authors
The Poet Laureate Years is a special boxed set edition of the four books written during D.L. Lang's tenure as the poet laureate of Vallejo, California. It includes Resting on my Laurels (2018), The Cafe of Dreams (2018), Midnight Strike (2019), and This Festival of Dreams (2020). Its themes include travel, nature, love, loss, justice, and peace.
Barefoot in the Sanctuary
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 22,540. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Poetry » Spiritual
Barefoot in the Sanctuary is a volume of poetry inspired by long hikes out in the wilderness, spiritual experiences with my synagogue community, and artistic absorption of the tumultuous times we live in. It is D.L. Lang's 7th poetry book.
Armor Against the Dawn: Poetry of Protest
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 8,830. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Essay » Political
Armor Against The Dawn is D.L. Lang's 8th book, largely comprised of topical poetry written in response to current events, politics, and the experience of local protests.
This Festival of Dreams
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 11,230. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual
This Festival of Dreams is D.L. Lang's 13th poetry book, containing 78 new poems, primarily written between July 2019 and April 2020.
Midnight Strike
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 15,010. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2021. Categories: Poetry » Female authors
Midnight Strike D.L. Lang’s 12th book of poetry. D.L. Lang served as Vallejo’s poet laureate. This book contains 70 new poems primarily written between September 2018 and July 2019, and includes topical poetry, some Jewish poems, and poetry written for events in and around Vallejo, California.
Earthen Rovings: Poems on Mother Nature and the Environment
Series: Themed Poetry Collections. Price: Free! Words: 6,610. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature, Poetry » Female authors
This volume contains selections of nature poetry culled from D.L. Lang's full length poetry collections published between 2011 and 2020.
Resting on My Laurels
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 12,520. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death, Poetry » Female authors
Resting on my Laurels contains 86 poems including many written, performed, and published during D.L. Lang’s tenure as the 2nd Poet Laureate of Vallejo.
The Cafe of Dreams
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Poetry » Female authors
The Cafe of Dreams is D.L. Lang's 11th poetry book containing poetry written between April and August 2018. It is a mixture of autobiographical, spiritual, political, and nature poetry. It features the award winning poems and several selections written for events during D.L. Lang's tenure as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays
Series: Poetry from the soul to the page. Price: Free! Words: 9,940. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2020. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays is D.L. Lang's 9th poetry collection. It is comprised of over 100 pages of inspirational, personal, fictional, and political poetry. It contains the poems "The Sixties" and "Lift Off!" which received blue ribbons at the 2017 Marin County Fair, and "Expectations of a Future" which was awarded a Silver Award rosette at the 2017 Alameda County Fair.
Wanderings: Selected Poems by D.L. Lang
Series: Themed Poetry Collections. Price: Free! Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2018. Categories: Poetry » Female authors, Poetry » American poetry » General
This chapbook contains poems previously published in full length poetry collections. It is a small sampling of the poetry published by D.L Lang, 2017-2019 Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.

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