Writer Lucille Lang Day was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in Oakland and nearby Piedmont.
Her memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story, received a PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award and was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her other books include eleven 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, was published by Blue Light Press in November 2020.
Latest Book: Birds of San Pancho
“The seventy-four poems in Lucille Lang Day’s Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place take the reader on a journey across continents, seas, and time itself. Charged with a lyricism that is at the same time tough and vulnerable, they recreate and preserve images of a beauty that is on the verge of disappearing or has already disappeared. Sometimes it is the beauty of the rain forests of Costa Rica or the birds of the Galápagos or that of cities like Athens, San Miguel de Allende, or Venice in flood. Sometimes it is a beauty that exists only in a single word such as ‘Oregon, . . . from wauregan, an Algonquian word for beautiful river.’ Day is a painterly poet, with a finely honed sense of color and strong command of concrete detail, yet for all the beauty she evokes, she does not shy away from difficult topics like global warming, genocide, regret, loss, and death. The result is a remarkable collection of poems that are deeply layered, deeply felt, and deeply moving.”
— Mary Mackey, Author of The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems, winner of 2019 Eric Hoffer Award for Best Book Published by a Small Press