Bio

Bio of Poet, D.L. Lang

Photo of Diana Lang by Willo Hausman.
Photo by Willo Hausman.

D.L. Lang is the author of eight 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.” She also released her debut spoken word album entitled Happy Accidents in 2015.

She is a member of Marin Poetry Center and Academy of American Poets. Lang has been a featured performer at Benicia First Tuesday Poets, Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show, and the Vallejo Man March in 2016. She is a regular performer at Poetry by the Bay since 2015. She taught self-publishing to the Poetry in Notion group at the Vallejo JFK library in 2016, and served as a judge for the 2017 Solano County Poetry Out Loud competition.

Lang holds a B.A. in Film & Video Studies with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Oklahoma and an A.S. in General Studies from Northern Oklahoma College.

Awards

On July 29, 2015 my poem “To Get Free” won Best of Show and First Place Unpublished and my poem “Generation Awake!” won Second Place Published at the Solano County Fair.

Diana Lang at Solano County Fair
Solano County Fair, 2015
Best of Show in Poetry

On June 30, 2016, all four of my poems placed in their respective categories at the 2016 Marin County Fair.

Fair” received 2nd place in Fair Themed Poetry
Marin Is…” received 3rd place in Marvelous Marin
From Unity to Community” received 3rd place in Any Other Poetry
Headline Antidote” received 5th place in Any Other Poetry

On July 27th, 2016, my poem “Master of Peace” won Reserve Best of Show in Poetry and 1st Place in Published Poetry at the 2016 Solano County Fair.

My poem “Expectations of a Future” had won a Silver Award rosette at the Alameda County Fair.  I read the poem at the Plaza Del Arte on June 24th, 2017 as part of the Alameda County Fair’s Poetry Day.

Publications

February 18, 2015, “Prayer for the Shomrim,Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

September 23, 2016, “Sheltering in Places,” Benicia Herald Poetry Corner
November 4th, 2016, “Worldly Windows,” Benicia Herald Poetry Corner
December 3rd, 2016, “Stay,” Benicia Herald Poetry Corner

Expected September 2017, “Watch This Space”, A Poet’s Siddur, Ain’t Got No Press

Books & Albums

Tea & Sprockets, 2011
Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology, 2013
Look Ma! No Hands!, 2015
Poet Loiterer, 2016
Id Biscuits, 2016
Barefoot in the Sanctuary, 2016
Armor Against the Dawn, 2016
Your Poetry eBook: Quick & Easy Formatting for Kindle, 2013 (Out of Print)
Happy Accidents, 2015 (Spoken Word Album)

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Notable Performances

On December 6, 2014 I had the pleasure of reading two of my poems to an audience of friends and congregants at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, CA. This was my first public reading and it was absolutely life-changing. It inspired me to start performing regularly and to record my first spoken word album. On December 5, 2015, I did three poems by memory at the second annual Beit Cafe. My congregation reprinted “Prayer for Shromrim” in their newsletter The Voice, and invited me to read this poem to the synagogue board. “Here, it is Good” I read at the Women of Rodef Sholom’s annual retreat in May 2016.

Diana Lang at Poetry by the Bay
A triumphant Poetry by the Bay guest host.

On September 24, 2015 I had the joyous honor of guest hosting the local poetry open mic, Poetry by the Bay.

On March 12, 2016, I marched for peace in Vallejo with the Vallejo Man March, was mentioned in the Vallejo Times Herald as a spoken word performer, and performed “Headline Antidote” and “Vallejo Peace” at the peace rally. That was a childhood dream come true.

On November 1, 2016, I had the honor of being a secret featured mystery poet at the Benicia Library as part of the Benicia First Tuesday Poets. As a result, fellow poet Peter Bray put a bio of mine in issue 120 of his monthly newsletter, Taproot & Aniseweed. The Benicia Library put my poem “Pier Dreams” as the November Poem of the Month.

On February 11, 2017, I served as a judge for the Solano County Poetry Out Loud competition, and was interviewed for the Fairfield Daily Republic.

Here is a video playlist with a few live readings.