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Distinguished Writer Series for 2013 opens with author Lucille Lang Day


Lucille Lang Day

  • January 1, 2013

Lucille Lang Day, noted author of nonfiction books and articles as well as poetry, will be the first presenter of 2013 for the Distinguished Writers Series hosted by the English Department of California State University, East Bay.

Day will read from her new memoir “Married at Fourteen” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Biella Room of the University Library on Cal State East Bay’s Hayward Campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Admission is free and the public is invited. She will sign copies of her book following her presentation.

“Married at Fourteen” is the story of Day’s life as a teenage mother and is described by writer Herbert Gold as “one of the great American contemporary memoirs.”

“Although we might say ‘kids, don't try this at home’ about such a life, we might also find a great deal to admire, and maybe even emulate in the progress and triumph of a teenage mother who breaks every known stereotype,” said Susan Gubernat, writer series curator and professor of English at CSUEB.

"From the halls of the juvenile detention center to the halls of Cal Berkeley, where she ultimately earned her Ph.D, Lucille Lang Day's story is truly one of 'local girl makes good,'” Gubernat said. “She seems to have beaten all the odds and tells the stark truth of how she did so in her memoir.”

The author has had her creative nonfiction published by The Hudson Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Passages North, and numerous other publications. In addition, she is the author of a children’s book “Chain Letter” and eight poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently “The Curvature of Blue.”

Day is a co-author of "How to Encourage Girls in Math and Science" (Dale Seymour, 1982) and the editor of "SEEK (Science Exploration, Excitement and Knowledge): A Curriculum in Health and Biomedical Science for Diverse 4th and 5th Grade Students" (Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, 2010).

A former staff scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Day served six years as a science writer and administrator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She also was director of the Hall of Health, an interactive children’s museum in Berkeley, for 17 years.

She is the recipient of the Willow Review Award in creative nonfiction and a notable essay citation from Best American Essays. Her first poetry collection, “Self-Portrait with Hand Microscope,” received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award.

Day earned a master’s degree in English and a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from San Francisco State University and a master’s in zoology and doctorate in science and mathematics education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Additional information about Day and her presentation is available on the Heyday Books Web site at

Cal State East Bay welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify the event sponsor in advance at (510) 885-3151 if accommodation is needed.

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