June Sylvester Saraceno

Poet, Fiction Writer

PO Box 10772
Truckee, CA 96162

Author's Bio

June Sylvester Saraceno is the author of three poetry collections, The Girl From Yesterday (forthcoming in 2020 from Cherry Grove Press), of Dirt and Tar (Cherry Grove Press), and Altars of Ordinary Light (Plain View Press), as well as a chapbook of prose poems, Mean Girl Trips (Pudding House Publications).

Her debut novel, Feral, North Carolina, 1965 was published in fall 2019 by Southern Fried Karma Press.

She is Humanities and English Department Chair at Sierra Nevada College, Tahoe, where she teaches in the undergraduate and low-residency MFA in creative writing programs. She directs the literary speaker series Writers in the Woods, and is founding editor of the literary journal, the Sierra Nevada Review.


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Publications & Prizes


Santa Fe Writers Project Annual (Santa Fe Writers Project, 2017)
Feral, North Carolina, 1965 (SFK Press, 2019)
Bartleby Snopes
Belle Reve Literary Journal
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Birmingham Poetry Review
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Per Contra
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Santa Fe Writers Project
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Third Wednesday
Village Rambler


All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women (Carolina Wren Press, 2018)
Changing Harm to Harmony (Marin Poetry Center Press, 2014)
A Bird as Black as the Sun (Green Poet Press, 2011)
Intimate Kissses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure (New World Library, 2001)
Passionate Hearts: The Poetry of Sexual Love (New World Library, 1996)
The Girl From Yesterday (WordTech Communications, 2020)
of Dirt and Tar (Cherry Grove Collections, 2014)
Altars of Ordinary Light (Plain View Press, 2007)
Journals: ,
American Journal of Nursing
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Blue Lyra Review
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California Quarterly
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Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
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Fifth Wednesday Journal
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Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal
Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations
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Penny Ante Feud
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Third Wednesday
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Word Riot
Prizes won: 
  • Southern Fried Karma novel contest, runner-up, awarded publication (2018)
  • First place: Moonshine Ink Creative Brew (2016)
  • Moon City Press Fiction Award Finalist (2015)
  • Twice nominated for Pushcart Prize (2014)
  • Sierra Artist Grant ($1,000.00) for excellence in Literary Arts (2013)
  • Awarded the Nazir and Mary Ansari Gold Medal for Distinguished Teaching (2014)
  • Recipient of two month-long artist residencies at Camac Centre d’Art, France, (2013 and 2014).
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities Award, Nevada Humanities Council, (2013).
  • First Place Poetry Prize in Winter Annual Literary Contest, Moonshine Ink, (2013).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Patricia Smith, Sharon Olds, Pablo Neruda, Brian Turner, Luis Alberto Urrea, Lidia Yuknavitch, Peter Makuck, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Gayle Brandeis, Nick Flynn... too many to list.
What I'm reading now: 
New Collected Poems by Eavan Boland

More Information

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Born in: 
Elizabeth City, NC
North Carolina
Raised in: 
Elizabeth City, NC
North Carolina
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Last update: Dec 13, 2019