Local poet June Saraceno will read from her new collection of poetry, Of Dirt and Tar (Cherry Grove Collections) on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm.
This event is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with support from The Nightingale Family Foundation.
OF DIRT AND TAR by June Saraceno
The poems of June Sylvester Saraceno's Of Dirt and Tar concern themselves as much with air and light as with the world's physical objects, lifting up as much as they dig down and deep.
"There's a rumor making the rounds that poetry, alas, is dead--I know of no better way to refute that idiocy than to immerse yourself in these lyric stanzas, these deftly-crafted narrative moments that unreel like snippets of cinema. June Saraceno has once again infused the literary landscape with a necessary breath; this long-awaited volume couldn't come at a better time." -Patricia Smith
"June Saraceno's Of Dirt and Tar explores and illuminates interior and exterior worlds, as well as the temporal landscape of generations, as Alice might walk from one world into another; Saraceno guides us on the journey, poem by poem, with a deft touch, her pen equally comfortable in free verse as it is in the sonnet or villanelle. I promise you: this book is just as good at 30,000 feet over the Atlantic seaboard as it is in a rocking chair on the back porch of a moonlit home in the woods."-Brian Turner
June Sylvester Saraceno is author of Altars of Ordinary Light (Plain View Press 2007) and the chapbook Mean Girl Trips (Pudding House Publications 2006). She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University and is currently English Program Chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe where she teaches in the BFA and MFA programs. She is founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review. A recipient of a writing residency at Camac in Marnay-sur-Seine, France and grant awardee from Sierra Arts Foundation, Saraceno lives and writes in Truckee, California.