frequently asked questions about books and things

What is this website?

This is the official website for D.L. Lang. I registered poetryebook.com on November 8, 2011 a few weeks after the release of Tea & Sprockets. I registered this domain dianalangpoetry.com in June 2017. I’d planned on switching over back then, but I soon was carried off in the whirlwind of being a poet laureate. By 2021 my old server was becoming outdated, and I finally made the necessary upgrades. Please update your links. 🙂 Despite the new domain I still wish to be referred to by my pen name D.L. Lang in any publications and press.

I’d like to contact you in regards to a service I provide.

Please do not send me solicitations for web services or non-artistic collaborations. I am not interested in hocking your products, nor do I have the budget to hire you—sorry. Your unsolicited emails will be ignored. No response means no. If you contact me repeatedly, I will mark you as spam.

I’d like to interview you about your work.

That’s great. Please send me your interview questions via email. Let me know what magazine, radio station, TV station, publishing company, or newspaper you work for.

Will you submit your work to my project?

It depends. Send me info through contact form. Even if I don’t submit, I can pass it on to others who may be interested.

Will you come read at my event?

It depends. If you would like to invite me to feature on zoom or in person (I’m vaccinated!) please review the guidelines on the booking page.

Can you help me with my….?

I am a performer, a writer, and an occasional judge of performance and writing. If it falls in those three areas, drop me an email. However, I am not in the business of editing books for other writers, event planning, catering for events, nor providing free advice beyond what I have already publicly shared. Please visit vallejopoetrysociety.org for some useful links about publishing and area open mics.

Do you use social media?

Yes. Please note that I do not check private chat messages. I prefer email communication for anything important such as booking or press interviews. That said, you can follow me on soundcloud, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Will you send me a book so that I can review it?

I am an independent author who is not backed by a publishing company, who has no day job and a limited budget. I’m sorry, but you will need to purchase copies of my books if you’re interested. I do appreciate legitimate customer reviews, but any solicitations for free copies will be ignored. I occasionally run free promotions on Kindle and Smashwords.

Will you blurb or review my book?

If it’s a poetry book I’ll consider it. My time is a bit limited. Send me an email.

Will you endorse me in my run for office?

Unless you’re considering becoming a poet laureate, I have no business endorsing you, and even then we would need to know each other well, and I would need to be familiar with your work.

Will you donate your time or money to my project, cause, or campaign?

While I have donated my time and money to many great causes in the past, my finances and physical disabilities currently keep me from doing so. The most I can do is sign a petition or perform a poem at a rally in favor of a cause, which I’m happy to do.

Hey, I know you! I’d like to reconnect.

If we have known each other in real life or were close online friends at any point, you are welcome to contact me via email to keep in touch.

Where can I buy or check out your books?

For a full list of retailers and libraries, click here.

What books have you written?

I have 13 full length poetry collections, totaling 1,195 poems. My work also appears in several anthologies, and I have released a few themed compilations. You can view my bibliography for more.

  • Tea & Sprockets – 106 poems (written between 1995-2011)
  • Barefoot in the Sanctuary – 119 poems (written 2016)
  • Abundant Sparks & Personal Archeology – 121 poems (written between 1995-2013)
  • Id Biscuits – 128 poems (written 2016)
  • Look, Ma! No Hands! – 130 poems (written between 1995-2013)
  • Poet Loiterer – 147 poems (written 2015)
  • Armor Against the Dawn – 81 poems (written 2016)
  • Dragonfly Tomorrows & Dog-eared Yesterdays – 86 poems (written 2017)
  • Resting on my Laurels – 86 poems (written 2017-2018)
  • Cafe of Dreams – 42 poems (written 2018)
  • Midnight Strike – 70 poems (written 2018-2019)
  • This Festival of Dreams – 78 poems (written 2019-2020)

Have you won any awards?

I have won several awards from county fairs and film festivals. Please look at the awards page for a complete listing.

When did you serve as poet laureate of Vallejo, California?

I volunteered as Vallejo’s Poet Laureate from September 1, 2017 to December 9, 2019. I did 141 performances across 18 cities, won 15 county fair awards, was published in 4 anthologies, mentioned in newspapers over 20 times, wrote over 200 new poems, traveled over 3,000 miles, and judged 7 contests in writing and performance. You can read more specifically about that here. We also made a community anthology of Vallejo poets.

Why D.L. Lang?

I go by the pen name D.L. Lang to avoid confusion with several namefellows both within the publishing industry and outside of it, including two others in Vallejo. 

Tell us something non-literary about yourself.

View the bio page.

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