Indigenous Voices – Poet/Publisher Lucille Lang Day in conversation with Denise Low


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Indigenous Voices

Publisher and Poet Lucille Lang Day (Wampanoag heritage) in Conversation with poet Denise Low

Programmed by Laurie Glover in collaboration with Denise Low 

Newly added to Season 2022-23!

THE 222 presents Indigenous Voices; literary events that celebrate the work of two award-winning Indigenous American poets, and explore language, culture, and experiences from a Native artist’s perspective. Prize-winning poet and Healdsburg resident Denise Low (of European and Lenape/Munsee heritage,) will host these remarkably accomplished women through conversation, readings and an opportunity for book signings.


“Within the glowing embers of this book, storyteller, poet, and scientist Lucille Lang Day weaves together the threads of her ancestors…” – Praise for Becoming an Ancestor, Blue Lyra Review

Poet-activist Lucille Lang Day reads from her poetry and engages in conversation with Healdsburg poet Denise Low. Day, a multiply talented writer of Wampanoag descent, founded and continues to publish Scarlet Tanager Books. She knows the book world as a writer, a publisher, and everything in between. In this presentation, she shares her experiences as a successful writer and as a successful small-press editor. She challenges stereotypes of many kinds: She is a poet and a scientist; a Native person and a prize-winning writer.

Lucille Lang Day has edited some of the most influential recent California anthologies of poetry focused on California ecopoetry, Indigenous peoples, and the intersection of science and verse. Join THE 222 in this appearance by a fascinating North Bay citizen who has found ways to make her voice heard as well as the voices of many others.

READ /  Poetry Foundation, “Tooth Painter,” poem by Lucille Lang Day

WATCH / Berkeley Public Library poetry reading, Lucille Lang Day

WATCH / “How to Publish a Memoir,” Lucille Lang Day

Lucille Lang Day is the author of seven full-length poetry collections and four poetry chapbooks. Her latest collection is Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place (Blue Light Press, 2020). She has also edited the anthology Poetry and Science: Writing Our Way to Discovery, and she coedited Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California and Red Indian Road West: Native American Poetry from California. Other publications are two children’s books and a memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story. Her many honors include the Blue Light Poetry Prize, two PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Awards, the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, and eleven Pushcart Prize nominations. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University, an MA in zoology, and a Ph.D. in science/mathematics education from the University of California at Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California. She is of Wampanoag, British, and Swiss/German descent.

Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, won the Editor’s Choice Red Mountain Press Poetry Award for Shadow Light. Other publications are hybrid memoirs The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press,) and Jigsaw Puzzling: Essays in a Time of Pestilence (Meadowlark, Sept. 2022); Wing (Red Mountain, Hefner Heitz Award finalist); Casino Bestiary (Spartan); and Jackalope (fiction, Red Mountain). She is co-author of Northern Cheyenne Ledger Art by Fort Robinson Breakout Survivors (U. of Nebraska Press, Ks. Notable Book). Her PhD in literature and creative writing is from the University of Kansas, and her MFA is from Wichita State. At Haskell Indian Nations University, she founded the creative writing program. She teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Board memberships include Indigenous Native Poets (In-Na-Po) and Associated Writers and Writing Programs (past president and contributing editor). Her heritage includes British Isles, German, and Lenape/Munsee (Delaware). She lives in California’s Sonoma

In the spirit of truth, equity and inclusion of all community members, THE 222 recognizes that our building is on the traditional territories of Miwok and Pomo people.

THE 222 is a small intimate venue. All seats are very good and have a clear view.

Seating for this event is theatre style, open seating.


Event Details

Indigenous Voices - Lucille Lang Day in conversation with Denise Low

Date: 11/12/2022

Start time: 18:00 PDT

End time: 19:30 PDT

Venue: THE 222

Directions: 222 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, California

Phone: 707.473.9152