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. Her debut novel Feral, North Carolina, 1965 was published in September 2019 by Southern Fried Karma Press. Feral was listed in BuzzFeed's "18 Must Read Books from Indie Presses."
Her third full-length collection of poetry, The Girl From Yesterday, will be released in 2020 by Cherry Grove Collections. Previous poetry books include of Dirt and Tar, Cherry Grove Press, 2014; Altars of Ordinary Light, Plain View Press, 2007, and a chapbook of prose poems, Mean Girl Trips, Pudding House Press, 2006.
Her work, both poetry and fiction, has appeared widely in journals including American Journal of Nursing, Silk Road, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry, and Worcester Review. 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: 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 Humanities and English Department 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.