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 second full-length collection of poetry, of Dirt and Tar, was released in 2014 by Cherry Grove Collections.
Saraceno is author of Altars of Ordinary Light, published 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, Silk Road, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry, and Worcester Review. She is 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.