June Sylvester Saraceno is a transplant from the American South to the American West. The influences of both regions are reflected in her work. Her second full-length collection of poetry, of Dirt and Tar, is forthcoming from Cherry Grove Publications in spring 2014.
Saraceno is author of Altars of Ordinary Light, released by Plain View Press in 2007, and a chapbook of prose poems, Mean Girl Trips, published in 2006 by Pudding House Press. Her work, both poetry and fiction, has appeared widely in journals including American Journal of Nursing, California Quarterly, Haight Asbury Literary Journal, The Pedestal, Quicksilver, Silk Road, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry and others. She is also a contributor to several anthologies including A Bird as Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens; Tahoe Blues; Cradle Songs: Poems on Motherhood; Intimate Kisses: thepoetry of sexual pleasure and Passionate Hearts: the poetry of sexual love, now in a second printing.
Originally from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, she received a BA in English from East Carolina University and an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is currently English Program Chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe where she is director of the popular Writers in the Woods literary speaker series and founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review.
June Sylvester Saraceno photo by Carolina Cruz Guimarey