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June Sylvester Saraceno

Fiction Writer, Poet
Incline Village, NV

June Sylvester Saraceno is English Program Chair and Professor in Humanities at Sierra Nevada College (SNC). In addition to teaching courses in Humanities and English, she developed the BA in English and initiated a BFA in creative writing. Partnering with Brian Turner, she also co-created the low residency MFA in creative writing at SNC. In 2008, she initiated the Writers in the Woods literary speaker series, which has hosted Robert Hass, Tim O’Brien, Patricia Smith and many other writers. She is the founding editor (1990) of the Sierra Nevada Review, a literary journal. Her publications include a poetry collection Altars of Ordinary Light and chapbook Mean Girl Trips, along with numerous works in journals and anthologies. In spring 2014, a new collection of poetry of Dirt and Tar is scheduled for release from Cherry Grove Publications. She plans to spend July 2014 in an artist’s residency at Camac Centre d’Art in Marnay-sur-Seine, France, working on a new book.

Laura Wetherington

Poet
Incline Village, NV

Laura Wetherington's first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. The Brooklyn Rail called the book “humble, folksy, romantic, tough, inventive, and not over-programmed.” She has published two chapbooks: Dick Erasures (Red Ceilings Press 2011) and a collaboration with Jill Darling and Hannah Ensor, at the intersection of 3 (Dancing Girl Press 2014). Her work appears in the Colorado Review, FENCE, VOLT, Minnesota Review, Drunken Boat, among others, and in two anthologies, The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Nightboat Books 2012), and 60 Morning Talks (Ugly Duckling Presse 2014). Wetherington co-founded and currently edits textsound.org: an online journal of experimental poetry and sound. Poets & Writers named textsound an "indie innovator," one of a small group of "groundbreaking presses and magazines that are redrawing the publishing map." Wetherington is a graduate of University of Michigan’s MFA program, UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate English Department, and Cabrillo College. She has taught for the French Ministry of Education, the University of Michigan, the New England Literature Program, Eastern Michigan University, and Sierra Nevada College. She currently teaches in Sierra Nevada College’s undergraduate English and low-residency MFA programs, where she acts as faculty advisor for the Sierra Nevada Review. Recent grants include a 2015 Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts from the Nevada Arts Council and a 2014 Artist Grant in Literature from the Sierra Arts Foundation. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Camac.

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