Lucille Lang Day

"Native American Poetry: Traditional and Contemporary Visions and Themes"

Thursday May 27, 2021 7:30 PM PDT

Host: Frank Graham

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Native American Poetry: Traditional and Contemporary Visions and Themes

Lucille Lang Day will discuss traditional Native American songs and poems, as well as Native American poetry written in English from the 19th century to the present. She will look at themes, evolving perspectives, and the influence of historical events on the poetry. During the presentation, she will share poems from several relevant anthologies.


Lucille Lang Day has published eleven poetry collections, including Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place and Becoming an Ancestor. She is also coeditor of two anthologies, Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California and Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, and the author of two children’s books and a memoir. Her many honors include the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, the Blue Light Poetry Prize, two PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Awards, including one for Red Indian Road West, and eleven Pushcart Prize nominations. The founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books, she is of Wampanoag, British, and Swiss/German descent.