FAQ

How do I contact you?

You are welcome to email me at poetryebook@gmail.com

Do not try to sell me something. You will not receive a response.

Where can I get your books and album?
Check the books page for direct links.

I’d like to follow you on social media. 

Please follow me on Instagram @poetryebook. For a list of other social media sites, check the external links on the site map.

I know you as Diana. Why do you publish as D.L. Lang?

I have several different namefellows. There is an author in southern California named Diana Lang who writes yoga/meditation books. In order to differentiate myself within book listings, I publish as D.L. Lang. I am also not the only woman named Diana Lang who resides in Vallejo. Publishing under my initials gives me a more unique presence.

Where can I see you read?

Visit the readings section for upcoming dates.

How many poems have you published?

Across eight books I have published over 1,000 pages of poetry. 832 poems to be exact.
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

Have your poems ever been featured elsewhere?

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

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• “To Get Free” won Best of Show and First Place in Unpublished Poetry, 2015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

Alameda County Fair
• “Expectations of a Future” received a Silver Award rosette, 2017

Why is your site called poetryebook.com?

The domain name was part of my marketing strategy for Your Poetry eBook: Quick & Easy Formatting for Kindle, a technical manual that is now out of print and also likely out of date as it was written in 2013. In 2015, I was asked by Amazon.com to remove all references to their trademark, but since it was a book about publishing ebooks in their format, I couldn’t logically do that, so while that book no longer exists, this website retains its branding.

This site serves as an archive for my hobby, and should my health ever improve, a possible starting point for a writing career. My motivation for writing and this site is not the potential of money (although I could use it), but how writing feeds my soul and keeps me going through hard times. This is my calling in life. I find writing to be meditative, and it cultivates within me a sense of inner peace similar to prayer or singing. It really isn’t about book sales for me.

What inspires you to write and who are your influences?

I have a wide variety of interests that may spark a poem, including a love of music, history, genealogy, and spirituality. Following my curiosity by watching documentaries, reading obsessively about a topic, or deliberately seeking out new experiences can occasionally spark poetry.  Themes of pacifism, equality, love, pain, friendship, wandering, hippies, and Judaism run through my work. I also write many poetic reflections sparked by powerful memories of my life in the American South, in Oklahoma, in California, and occasional memories of Germany.

In more recent years more of my poems have been inspired by hiking out in nature, musical experiences, Jewish experiences, politics, folk songs, and current events. I also write a lot of completely fictional, often surreal story poems.

I must admit I have always had a tendency to read more non-fiction than poetry or fiction. I enjoy reading autobiographies, sociological, religious, and historical books. I have enjoyed reading beat poets, romantics, and transcendentalist poets in the past, but I am more frequently exposed to and inspired by the local Bay Area poets that I encounter while at open mics.

My deepest artistic influences are not poets but musicians. I find myself learning new vocabulary and analyzing rhyming patterns and themes in song lyrics most often. I enjoy the music of the 1960s the most, such as the Beatles and the Monkees. Jewish musician Dan Nichols had a profound effect on my growth as a person and as an artist by encouraging me both spiritually and artistically, both directly and through his music, to seek meaning in art and chase my dreams.

Why do you self-publish?

Creative freedom.

How long have you been writing?

I have been writing poetry for over 20 years. I first considered becoming a writer at age 10 while living in Enid, Oklahoma. Many of my earliest attempts at poetry written prior to age 12 were lost due to a computer crash, but my first four books contain a healthy mix of poetry written in both childhood and adulthood.

What is your educational background?

I am a 2001 honors graduate of Enid High School. In high school I was French Club President, a member of the National Honor Society, a Captain in JROTC, and Vice Commander of our chapter of the Kitty Hawk Air Society.

In 2003, I earned an Associate of Science degree in General Studies, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Northern Oklahoma College. I was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and I wrote for the student newspaper the Red & Silver, and spent many hours volunteering at PEGASYS as well as working for the local TV station KXOK. 

In 2005, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Video Studies with a minor in Judaic Studies from the University of Oklahoma, graduating with distinction as a member of Eta Beta Rho. I worked at the student run TV and radio stations, and made some independent films.

You mention genealogy. Are you related to any famous poets?

Yes.

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.

You mentioned films. What films have you worked on?

I spent several years being the web designer, album cover designer, and music video creator for Grey, a rock musician in Enid, Oklahoma. I designed the covers for Faded Colours, Colours, Rock & Pop, Words & Music, Anamnesis, Inquire Within, Live at PEGASYS, and Acoustic Grey. In addition, I designed the album cover for We’re Almost Gone, the debut album by the group Bermuda County, whose musicians often play on Grey’s albums. It was through my work with Grey that I first entered PEGASYS, the local public access station to observe the production of Introducing Grey.

As Grey’s request I filmed, edited and produced a documentary television series called Grey: The Rock & Pop Sessions, several music videos, and two different music documentaries called Acoustic Grey. Grey is also one of a handful of musicians that have transformed some of my poetic nonsense into songs. I also later recorded my poetry album Happy Accidents and the song “Last Chance Disaster” at Grey Havens Studios.

While studying at Northern Oklahoma College, I volunteered by assisting on productions and creating original television content 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 winning some programming awards. During the summer of 2002, I also worked at KXOK in Enid as an editor of commercials and television shows alongside running camera for a nightly newscast and a Oklahoma gubernatorial debate.

I once served as a judge for the music video category at the Bare Bones Film Festival and on the Videofest planning committee at PEGASYS. I was also the assistant editor for Ted Atchley’s Simply Dead (2003), a murder mystery.

I edited Charles Maupin’s Liquid Wind (2003) a documentary about windsurfing and kiteboarding on Lake Hefner in Oklahoma. It won Best Film Trailer at Bare Bones Film Festival in 2004 and still shows regularly in Oklahoma on PBS.

While obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree is in Film & Video Studies, I worked as a webmaster at the University of Oklahoma’s TV/Radio stations from 2003-2005, also assisting on the nightly student newscast and a sports show entitled The 5th Quarter.

I also made short films for the Hebrew department and filmed lectures for the Judaic Studies department. 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 have very few filmmaking credits after moving to California. I was an assistant editor for Gary Scozzafava’s Cuba: A Secret in the Caribbean (2006), a film about Cuban music. I created a music video for fire Zuave’s “Colors of the Sun” which was a semi-finalist in 2009 in the Babelgum Music Video Awards. My final project as a video editor was compiling the directorial reel of Willo Hausman.

Those are the more notable 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