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D.L. Lang

D.L. Lang Updated September 08, 2020



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On October 10, 2017 I was proclaimed Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California by the Vallejo Mayor and City Council.
On October 6, 2018 at the Gathering of California’s Poets Laureate I received a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate for Public Service as Poet Laureate of Vallejo, California.
On October 6, 2018 at the Gathering of California’s Poets Laureate I received a Certificate of Recognition from the California Arts Council for participation in the gathering and contribution to local California communities through the art of poetry.

Solano County Fair

“To Get Free”, Best of Show rosette and First Place in Unpublished Poetry, 2015
“Generation Awake!”, Second Place in Published Poetry, 2015
“Master of Peace”, Reserve Best of Show rosette and First Place in Published Poetry, 2016
“Generations,” Reserve Best of Show rosette and First Place in Published Poetry, 2017
“Is” 3rd Place in Published Poetry, 2019

San Mateo County Fair

“The Choice,” First Place in Adult Free Form Poetry, 2018
This poem was written for the Benicia Anthology, Light & Shadow which you can purchase at Bookshop Benicia.

Marin County Fair

“Bovine in Orbit” – 1st and Best in Class in Moonscapes Haiku, 2019
“Moonlight Song” – 1st in Moonscapes Haiku, 2019
“Moonscapes” – 2nd in Moonscapes Poetry, 2019
“Laugh With Me” – 3rd in Haiku, 2019
“Berlin, 2001” – 3rd in World Travel, Creative Writing, 2019
“Orion” – 5th in Any Other Poetry, 2019
“The Journey to Sunland” – 5th in Any Other Poetry, 2019
“Heidi” – 5th in My Pet, Creative Writing, 2019
“Stars” – Honorable Mention in The Universe Poetry, 2019
“Wandering Stars” – Honorable Mention in The Universe Poetry, 2019
“7 Words You Cannot Say in a ‘Free’ Country,” Best in Class and First Place in World Unity, Equality, & Diversity, 2018
“The Sixties”, First Place in Flashback to the 60’s Poetry, 2017
“Lift Off!”, First Place in Fair Themed Poetry, 2017
“Generations”, Second Place in Any other Poetry, 2017
“Street Mouse”, Second Place in Any other Haiku, 2017
“Cabinet Construction”, Second Place in Presidential Politics, 2017
“Sally”, Third Place in My Pet, 2017
“Fine China”, Third Place in Any other Poetry, 2017
“Fair”, 2nd place in Fair Themed Poetry, 2016
“Marin Is…”, 3rd place in Marvelous Marin, 2016
“From Unity to Community”, 3rd place in Any Other Poetry, 2016
“Headline Antidote”, 5th place in Any Other Poetry, 2016

Alameda County Fair

“Forest Whisperings” 1st Place in Explore California State Parks, 2019
“The Woodpecker’s Beat” Honorable Mention, Poetry, 2019
“Expectations of a Future”, Silver Award rosette, Poetry, 2017


DL Lang

Author Details

Pen Name
D.L. Lang
Where I Live
Vallejo, CA
D.L. Lang is a contemporary American poet and spoken word artist. The author of over a dozen poetry books, Lang has been writing poetry for over 25 years. She has performed her poetry on stage hundreds of times at protest rallies, county fairs, literary festivals, open mics, poetry circles, bookstores, libraries, and live radio broadcasts.

From 2017 to 2019 she served as Vallejo, California's Poet Laureate. Her poems have been awarded with numerous county fair ribbons, transformed into songs, used as liturgy for prayer, and to advocate for peace, justice, and a better world.

The scribe of over 1,200 poems from haiku to free verse to masterful rhyme, covering a wide variety of topics, D.L. Lang has poetry that's sure to delight. Lang dabbles in both gritty realism and surrealistic wordplay, sorrowful elegy and uplifting affirmations. Her poetry is a mixture of topical political commentary, religious devotional meditations, and poetic autobiographical memoir. Her words take you on journeys deep into nature, memory, spirituality, and the whisperings of the heart.

She is the author of Tea & Sprockets, Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology, Look Ma! No Hands!, Poet Loiterer, Id Biscuits, Barefoot in the Sanctuary, Armor Against The Dawn, Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays, Resting on My Laurels, The Cafe of Dreams, Midnight Strike, and This Festival of Dreams.

She has also released a chapbook compilation entitled Wanderings, a nature poetry compilation entitled Earthen Rovings, a political poetry compilation entitled A Topical Solution, a Jewish poetry compilation entitled Paradise Collectors, and her debut spoken word album entitled Happy Accidents. She was the editor of Voices, Verses & Visions of Vallejo, featuring 43 fellow writers.

Her poetry has also been published in the Benicia Herald, Poets Are Heroes Magazine,, Poetry Expressed, Frost Meadow Review, and the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles. Her poetry has been anthologized in A Poet's Siddur (Ain't Got No Press, 2017), Light & Shadow (Benicia Literary Arts, 2018), Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Vol. 21 (2018), Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo (2019), and Colossus: Home (Colossus Press, 2020).


"Old Songs" Spoken word by D.L. Lang
7.28.2015 MPC Traveling Show
D.L. Lang "Penguin's Prayer" and "The Rest Seven" @ Rodefsholom Beit Cafe 12.6.14

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