FAQ

How do I contact you?

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

Where can I get your books and album?
My paperbacks 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.

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.

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.

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 poetryebook@gmail.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?

832
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

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

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?

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 have you done?

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