Sierra College Deanandamp;#8217;s Lecture Series: Experts andamp; Insights presents local author Professor June Saraceno in Truckee
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; How does poetry form images that represent tangible objects and emotions? Local author, Professor June Saraceno, quotes T.S. Eliot with the answer, andamp;#8220;Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.andamp;#8221; She then asks, andamp;#8220;But doesnandamp;#8217;t that go against all we believe about individual invention of art, literary or other?andamp;#8221;Saraceno will explore this puzzle further at Sierra College on Friday, Oct. 8 when she presents Poetry: Imitation and Imagination. Using poems written in response to well-known artworks, fairy tale poems and parodies, June Sylvester Saraceno, author of andamp;#8220;Altars of Ordinary Light,andamp;#8221; will present a reading, discussion and writing session exploring the roles of imitation and imagination in poetry. Professor Eve Quesnel described her impression of Saracenoandamp;#8217;s work in an interview for Moonshine Ink when andamp;#8220;Altars of Ordinary Lightandamp;#8221; was published: andamp;#8220;As I begin interviewing June Saraceno, local author of a new book of poems, I tell her that I believe quality literature occurs when a reader pauses after reading a passage and says, either aloud or silently in oneandamp;#8217;s mind, andamp;#8216;wow.andamp;#8217; This outright expression that emerges spontaneously is telling of the authorandamp;#8217;s aptitude. While reading andamp;#8216;Altars of Ordinary Light,andamp;#8217; I had many wow moments, which stemmed from my reaction to Juneandamp;#8217;s word choice and the precise and exquisite arrangement of words, phrases, and sentences. Clearly, June has talent.andamp;#8221;The public is invited to attend Poetry: Imitation and Imagination, one of the Experts andamp; Insights presentations in the Sierra College Deanandamp;#8217;s Lecture Series where each month, a different topic is examined from an academic viewpoint. There is no charge for Experts andamp; Insights, thanks to the generosity of the presenters and Sierra College. Reservations are advised at 530-550-2290. Upcoming presentations include andamp;#8220;Animal Courtship,andamp;#8221; Nov. 5, presented by Professor Chuck Levitan and andamp;#8220;Another Look at Afghanistanandamp;#8221; by Professor Nigel Allan Jan. 21. Visit http://sierracollege.edu/AboutUs/campuses/tt/lecture-calendar.html for a full calendar.
June Sylvester Saraceno is originally from Elizabeth City, N.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Carolina University and an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her work has appeared in various journals as well as two anthologies: andamp;#8220;Intimate Kisses: the poetry of sexual pleasureandamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Passionate Hearts: the poetry of sexual love,andamp;#8221; now in a second printing. Her chapbook andamp;#8220;Mean Girl Tripsandamp;#8221; was published fall 2006 by Pudding House Press. Her first full length collection of poetry, andamp;#8220;Altars of Ordinary Light,andamp;#8221; was released by Plain View Press in 2007. She is currently English Program Chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe and founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review. She lives with her husband, Anthony Saraceno, and son, Dylan Victor, in Truckee.