Lucille Lang Day

Oakland, CA 94620
(510) 763-3874

Author's Bio

Lucille Lang Day was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of a memoir, ten poetry collections and chapbooks, two children’s books, and many short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, and reviews. She received her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and her M.A. in zoology and Ph.D. in science/mathematics education at the University of California at Berkeley. The founder and director of a small press, Scarlet Tanager Books, she also served for seventeen years as the director of the Hall of Health, an interactive children’s museum in Berkeley.

Publications and Prizes

Becoming an Ancestor: Poems
(Cervena Barva Press, 2015)
, Fire in the Garden
(Mother's Hen, 1997)
, Infinities
(Cedar Hill Publishing, 2002)
, Married at Fourteen: A True Story
(Heyday Books, 2012)
, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California
(Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016)
, Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope
(Berkeley Poets Workshop and Press, 1982)
, The Curvature of Blue
(Cervena Barva Press, 2009)
, Wild One
(Scarlet Tanager Books, 2000)
A More Perfect Union
(St. Martin's Press, 1998)
, California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present
(Heyday Books, 2004)
, Illness & Grace, Terror & Transformation
(Wising Up Press, 2007)
, Intimate Kisses
(New World Library, 2001)
, Mother Songs
(W. W. Norton & Company, 1995)
, New California Writing
(Heyday Books, 2012)
, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge
(Poetworks/Grayson Books, 2003)
, September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond
(Etruscan Press, 2002)
, The Addison Street Anthology
(Heyday Books, 2004)
Amarillo Bay, Berkeley Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Cadillac Cicatrix, California Quarterly, Chattahoochee Review, Ducts Magazine, Eclipse, Eureka Literary Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Hudson Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Nimrod, Passages North, Pennsylvania English, Poet Lore, Psychological Perspectives, River Oak Review, River Styx, Riversedge, Tar River Poetry Review, The Hudson Review, The Pubscriber, The Threepenny Review, Willow Review, ZYZZYVA
Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems
(Blue Light Press, 2015)
, God of the Jellyfish
(Cervena Barva Press, 2007)
, Lucille Lang Day: Greatest Hits, 1975-2000
(Pudding House Publications, 2001)
, The Book of Answers
(Finishing Line Press, 2006)
Prizes Won: 
Joseph Henry Jackson in Award in Literature, 1982; Appalachia Poetry Prize, 1996; First Place, Poetry, Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival, 2007; First Prize, Janice Ferrell Poetry Prize, 2007; Grand Prize, Artists Embassy International's Dancing Poetry Contest, 2008; Willow Review Award in Creative Nonfiction, 2009; Finalist, Northern California Book Award in Creative Nonfiction, 2013; PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, 2013; Blue Light Poetry Award and Chapbook Contest, 2014.

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
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Piedmont, CA
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Last updated: Nov 02, 2016