How do I contact you?
You are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get your books and album?
My books are available through Createspace, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
My album is available through iTunes, CDbaby, Spotify, and YouTube Music.
If you can buy a book, I’d appreciate the support and an honest review on after you’ve explored its contents.
Check the books page for direct links.
I came here expecting to find ebooks of your poetry. Where are they?
They have been unpublished due to piracy, and the complexity of properly formatting poetry books. I may have some in the future.
Where can I read your work for free? I’m reluctant to just buy a book.
If you can’t afford a book, please subscribe to my blog, follow me on social media, and share my stuff. The links below should give you a good sampling of my poetry:
Why is your site called poetryebook.com?
The domain name was part of my marketing strategy for my out of print book entitled Your Poetry eBook: Quick & Easy Formatting for Kindle.
Why is Your Poetry eBook: Quick & Easy Formatting for Kindle. out of print? I’m a poet, and I really could use something like that!
First off, I was asked by Amazon.com to remove all references to their trademark, but since it’s a book about publishing ebooks in their format, I couldn’t logically do that. Secondly, I prefer to just focus on being a poet and artist than being tech support. Although I personally no longer have ebooks, I’d still encourage other poets to distribute ebooks, as there is money and exposure in it.
So why keep the domain?
This site serves as an archive for my hobby, and should my health ever improve, a possible starting point for a writing career. For now, I do this for fun, and you’re always more than welcome to buy a book or seven. I don’t do this for the potential of money, but for how it feeds my soul and keeps me going. This is my calling in life.
Why do you publish as D.L. Lang?
There is another author out there named Diana Lang in California who writes yoga/meditation books. There is also another Diana Lang residing in Vallejo. My initials give me a more unique presence.
Where can I see you read?
I primarily read at open mics in and around Solano County, California. That said, please email me at email@example.com if you’d like me to read at your event. I’m happy to come and do so. For a list of appearances, visit the readings section.
How many poems have you published?
Armor Against the Dawn – 81
Tea & Sprockets – 106
Id Biscuits – 128
Poet Loiterer – 147
Look Ma, No Hands! – 130
Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology – 121
Barefoot in the Sanctuary – 119
Has anyone else ever published you?
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
Have you received any press as a poet?
“Citizens Organize Community March,” Vallejo Times-Herald, March 12, 2016
“Loud and Clear: Poetry Event Shows Students at their Lyrical Best,” Fairfield Daily Republic, February 12, 2017
What awards have you won for your poetry?
Solano County Fair
• “To Get Free” won Best of Show and First Place in Unpublished Poetry, 2015
• “Generation Awake!” won Second Place in Published Poetry, 2015
• “Master of Peace” won Reserve Best of Show and First Place in Published Poetry, 2016
Marin County Fair
• “Fair” received 2nd place in Fair Themed Poetry, 2016
• “Marin Is…” received 3rd place in Marvelous Marin, 2016
• “From Unity to Community” received 3rd place in Any Other Poetry, 2016
• “Headline Antidote” received 5th place in Any Other Poetry, 2016
What inspires you to write and who are your influences?
The majority of my poems start out autobiographical, but they aren’t necessarily “reality” as it happened, so although factual in some cases, it’s more personal mythology than memoir. As I grow as a person, my poetry changes, and my books are more than anything reflections of certain periods of my life, which, as life does, changes rather rapidly. As a result, I find it difficult to classify, and that is why it is poetry from the soul because the soul is pure and unclassifable.
I have a wide variety of interests, including a love of music, history, genealogy, and spirituality. Themes of minimalism, pacifism, equality, love, pain, friendship, wandering, hippies, and Judaism run through my work. I write reflections on my life in the American South, in Oklahoma, and in California.
In more recent years more of my poems have been inspired by hiking out in nature, musical experiences, Jewish experiences, politics, and current events. I also write a lot of completely fictional, often surreal story poems.
My most profound artistic influences are not poets but musicians: Dan Nichols, Ringo Starr, Weird Al, and Kevin Barnes, as well as comedian Graham Chapman. I have in the past enjoyed reading beat poets, romantics, and transcendentalist poets, but am more frequently exposed to and inspired by the local Bay Area poets that I encounter.
Why do you self-publish?
Creative freedom. I do still submit to journals and contests, however.
How long have you been writing?
I first toyed with becoming a writer at age 10. I wrote my first poems around that time. From age 10-13 I was largely focused on writing short stories, fanfic, and fiction books, though I’m more of a non-fiction reader.
“Larry and the Berry” which appears in Id Biscuits is the oldest and silliest poem I have, written in 1994 when I was 11 during a class with the Enid Summer Arts Project.
“Ridin’ Along” which appears in Look Ma! No Hands! was actually song lyrics that I wrote at age 10, as I was very into westerns and cowboys.
I wrote the poem “Surf Clown” while pretending to surf in a swimming pool at age 11, and I published this in my first bookTea & Sprockets. Also in Tea & Sprockets is the poem “The Outsider” which I wrote at age 12 as a response to being bullied in school.
Many of my earliest poems were lost due to a computer crash, but most of my books contain a mix of poetry written in both childhood and adulthood.
The first versions of Tea & Sprockets were published in 2004 when I was 21. Many of these poems I had previously self-published between the ages of 14 and 18 on the Internet under a pseudonym.
You mention genealogy. Are you related to any famous poets?
The first is John Cotton who wrote what is considered the first notable American poem when he wrote an elegy for Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon’s Rebellion. John Cotton is my 9th great grandfather.
The second is John Reed, the bohemian poet who was actually more famous for his journalism covering the Russian Revolution. John Reed is my 7th cousin 4 generations removed.
Since our 44th President was also a poet in his younger years, I would also note that I am also related to Barack Obama, who is my 10th cousin, one generation removed.
I am also related to other historical figures such as Karl Ludwig Sand, Dicey Langston, Daniel Boone, and Robert E. Lee. More distant relatives are Azeline Hearn, Davy Crockett, Charlie Musselwhite, and Harry Chapin.
What else have you been?
I’ve been an environmental document formatter, a data entry specialist, a temp across several industries, an administrative assistant, a webmaster, a band promoter, an album cover designer, a broadcast TV and film editor, a documentary filmmaker, a music video creator, a census taker, an eBay seller, and a freelance researcher and writer for a marketing firm. I did what it took to survive. I got injured at work, and it has vastly narrowed my options.
You mentioned films. What have you done?
I edited Charles Maupin’s Liquid Wind (2003) which is a documentary about windsurfing and kiteboarding on Lake Hefner in Oklahoma. It won Best Film Trailer at Bare Bones Film Festival in 2004 and shows regularly in Oklahoma on PBS.
I directed, scored, edited, filmed, and appear in The Hebrew Project (2005) which is a documentary in Hebrew about Hebrew students at the University of Oklahoma. This film was optioned by The Jewish Channel and aired in 2009.
I also spent many years being the web designer, album cover designer, and music video creator for Grey, a rock musician in Enid, Oklahoma, who is one of a handful of musicians that have transformed some of my poetic nonsense into songs.
I volunteered many hours at the now-defunct PEGASYS station in Enid and was honored as Best Editor in 2002, and Producer of the Year in 2004 and 2005, as well as some programming awards.
My music video for fire Zuave’s “Colors of the Sun” was a semi-finalist in 2009 in the Babelgum Music Video Awards. I also worked at KXOK in Enid as an editor. My degree is in Film & Video Studies and I worked as a webmaster at the University of Oklahoma’s TV/Radio stations while attending school there. Those are the highlights of my brief film career.
I won the following awards for my film and television projects:
PEGASYS Video Fest
• Best Editor, 2002
• Producer of the Year, 2003 and 2004
• 2nd place in Entertainment for Grey: The Rock & Pop Sessions:
Part 3, 2002
• 1st Place in Education for Grey: The Interviews, 2003
• 2nd Place in Education for Access Central TV presents the Bare Bones
International Film Festival, 2003
• 1st Place in Performing Arts for Tea & Sprockets, 2003
• 1st Place in Sports for Liquid Wind, 2004
Bare Bones International Film Festival
• Best Student Music Video for Grey: The Music Videos, 2003
• Best Movie Trailer for Liquid Wind, 2004
• Music Documentary Honorable Mention for Acoustic Grey, 2008
Babelgum Music Video Awards
• Semi-Finalist, fire Zuave, “Colors of the Sun,” 2009