Interviews & Reviews


Lucy’s books have been reviewed in Bay Nature, Booklist, Femmes Artistes International, The Hudson Review, Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, News from Native California, The Santa Barbara Independent, Poet Lore, Poetry Flash, Psychological Perspectives, San Francisco Review Book Review, School Library Journal, Sisyphus, and many other publications.

Interviews with her and articles about her have appeared in such publications as Berkeley Poetry Review, California Monthly, Interlitq, The Montclarion, The Oakland Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her radio and TV interviews include Jack Foley, KPFA Cover to Cover; Jerri Garner, American Radio Network; Michael Krasney, KQED Forum; Eileen Malone, PEN Women Presents; Connie Martinson, Connie Martinson Talks Books; Maureen Nandini Mitra, KPFA, Terra Verde; Suzanne Lang, KRCB A Novel Idea; and Nancy Pearlman, KBPK, Environmental Directions Radio.




“Bringing Poetry and Science Together,” article in The Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter

Interview in Interlitq, the International Literary Quarterly

Interview in Balancing the Tide: Motherhood and the Arts

Self-Interview in The Nervous Breakdown

Interview originally in San Francisco Book Review

Wordsmith Interview in Crack the Spine

Interview in Words with Writers


Review of Poetry and Science: Writing Our Way to Discovery in Kirkus Reviews

Review of Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place in Sisysphus, by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky

Review of Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place in Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters, by Wendy Galgan

Review of Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place in Kirkus Reviews

“An Ecopoetry Collection that ‘Articulates Reality’ for California Nature-Lovers,” by Chelsea Leu
Review of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California in Bay Nature

Review of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California in Kirkus Reviews

Review of Becoming an Ancestor in Blue Lyra Review, by Lenore Weiss

Review of Becoming an Ancestor in Kirkus Reviews

Review of The Curvature of Blue in Wild Goose Poetry Review, by Scott Owens

“On the Nature of Day and Raine,” by Brad Bostian
Review of Infinities in For

Review of Married at Fourteen: A True Story in Kirkus Reviews

Review of Married at Fourteen: A True Story in Bookin’ with Sunny, by Dave Holt

Review of The Rainbow Zoo in Kirkus Reviews

Review of Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California
in Kirkus Reviews

Review of Wild One from The Alsop Review, by Jack Foley

“How To,” by Joel Katz, A Discussion of “Instructions for a Wampanoag Clambake,”
by Lucille Lang Day, and “Tract,” by William Carlos Williams

“The Poetry of Resistance III: The Muse at the Oasis,” A Discussion
of Lucille Lang Day’s Poem “Oasis,” by Naomi Ruth Lowinsky


For Poetry and Science: Writing Our Way to Discovery (2021):
“Thoughtful, resonant works that foster a deeper understanding of poetry and science. ” — Kirkus Reviews

For Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place (2020):
“Lyrical, accomplished poems deeply sensitive to local flora and fauna.” — Kirkus Reviews

For Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (2018):
“A captivating and visceral portrait of the California landscape by a talented cast of poets.” — Kirkus Reviews

For The Rainbow Zoo (2016):
“Two children go to a zoo where they meet a wide assortment of unusually colored animals in this rhyming, illustrated book for young children…An excellent candidate for reading aloud, helped out by attractive, textured illustrations.” — Kirkus Reviews

For Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California (2016):
“California is home to the largest Native American population in the U.S., encompassing more than 100 indigenous tribes as well as members of groups from other states…A diverse and illuminating volume of Native American poetry that explores Western migration.” — Kirkus Reviews

For Becoming an Ancestor (2015):
“Within the glowing embers of this book, storyteller, poet, and scientist Lucille Lang Day weaves together the threads of her ancestors as she guides us through past, present, and toward the future…Becoming an Ancestor reminds us all how we live our daily lives to create family histories for future generations. Day’s story is one of those treasures.” — Lenore Weiss, Blue Lyra Review

For Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems (2015):
“With imagination, vision, and insight, Lucille Lang Day consciously connects herself to ancestors and artisans from all over the world. Ambitious in scope and yet intimate in detail, Dreaming of Sunflowers offers the reader a walk through the history of human ingenuity.” — Alison Luterman

For Married at Fourteen: A True Story (2012):
“The uncompromisingly frank account of a gifted woman’s unlikely journey from teenage mother and juvenile delinquent to award-winning writer and scholar…her remarkable story and its happy ending make for memorable reading.”  — Kirkus Reviews

For The Curvature of Blue (2009):
“There is that rare feeling, that you can hardly wait to reread a poem you are reading for the first time because you know you will find some slyly hidden bulb the next time.”  — Daniel Langton, Psychological Perspectives

For God of the Jellyfish (2007):
“Always accessible, the accomplishment of God of the Jellyfish is Day’s ability to be both lighthearted and profound at once…Day tells us it is good to be alive, fully inhabiting the moment, reveling in the natural world.”  — Joan Gelfand, Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review

For The Book of Answers (2006):
“The poems of Lucy Day’s The Book of Answers posit the responses of a gentle, intelligent universe to the questions of a kaleidoscopic—and poetic—imagination. These poems are as delicate as rain and as lasting as redwoods. Let them be your companion late at night or on a dawn walk along your favorite paths.” 
— David St. John

For Chain Letter (2005):
“An original and popular addition to any school or community library picture book collection, Chain Letter is very highly recommended — especially for all young readers who might one day encounter one of these seemingly endless chain letters.”  — Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

For Infinities (2002):
“How does one categorize such an uncategorizable talent?. . .Her poetry, like scientific field work, is informed by remarkable powers of observation, curiosity and the urge to answer, or at least attempt to answer, The Big Questions.”  — Elizabeth Bantos, Ibbetston Street Update

For Wild One (2000):
“Confessional poetry too easily collapses into self-exploitation and too rarely approaches universality. But Day’s generous collection is that rara avis, the successful, indeed gripping, autobiography in verse.” 
— Patricia Monaghan, Booklist

For Fire in the Garden (1997):
“By sheer will, she is determined to override the unconscious fear, the dread of the unknown. I, for one, believe she has done it, and wherever these roads, trains, leaps, and ladders might lead, the poems leave the reader looking forward to the next book.” — Timothy Houghton, Poet Lore

For Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope (1982):
“a narrative gift which…might win her an important place in American letters.” 
— Emily Grosholz, The Hudson Review