Writer Lucille Lang Day was born in Oakland, California, and grew up Oakland and nearby Piedmont.
Her memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, received a 2013 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her other books include ten poetry collections and chapbooks, two children’s books, and three books on science education. She has also coedited two poetry anthologies and has published fiction, essays, book reviews, song lyrics, science journalism, feature articles, and research papers. Her work has appeared widely in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. Her seventh full-length poetry collection, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, will be published by Blue Light Press on November 1, 2020.
Latest Book: Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California
“Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan, is not only a beautiful and thorough anthology but an homage to California, its varieties of landscapes, and the amazing poetry it has evoked. Like no other collection in its focus, it presents for the reader experiences of life and personal perspectives on the region while also providing an invaluable resource for teachers of creative writing and literature and the ecology, habitats, and species of the state.”
— Pattiann Rogers, recipient of the John Burroughs Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Poetry
“Day and Nolan have done a considerable service to select and gather these poems. Their ample anthology provides a generous record of California poets’ love and concern for their common world. What more important theme can we in this golden land share?”
— from the Foreword by Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate