June Sylvester Saraceno is a transplant from the rural South to the Sierras in the western United States. The influences of both regions are reflected in her work.
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 Humanities and English Department Chair at Sierra Nevada University, Lake Tahoe where she is director of the popular Writers in the Woods literary speaker series and founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review.
Her debut novel Feral, North Carolina, 1965 was published in 2019 from Southern Fried Karma Press. Her third full-length collection of poetry, The Girl From Yesterday, was released in January 2020 by Cherry Grove Collections. Previous poetry books include of Dirt and Tar, Cherry Grove Collections, 2014; Altars of Ordinary Light, Plain View Press, 2007; and a chapbook of prose poems, Mean Girl Trips, Pudding House Press, 2006.
Her work—poetry, fiction, and nonfiction—has appeared widely in print and online journals including American Journal of Nursing, Silk Road, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry, The Rumpus, Worcester Review and many other publications. She is a contributor to several anthologies including All We know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women; A Bird as Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens; Tahoe Blues; Cradle Songs: Poems on Motherhood; Intimate Kisses: the poetry of sexual pleasure; and Passionate Hearts: the poetry of sexual love.