Sierra College Dean’s Lecture Series: Experts & Insights presents local author Professor June Saraceno in Truckee
TRUCKEE, Calif. – How does poetry form images that represent tangible objects and emotions? Local author, Professor June Saraceno, quotes T.S. Eliot with the answer, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.” She then asks, “But doesn’t that go against all we believe about individual invention of art, literary or other?”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 “Altars of Ordinary Light,” will present a reading, discussion and writing session exploring the roles of imitation and imagination in poetry. Professor Eve Quesnel described her impression of Saraceno’s work in an interview for Moonshine Ink when “Altars of Ordinary Light” was published: “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 one’s mind, ‘wow.’ This outright expression that emerges spontaneously is telling of the author’s aptitude. While reading ‘Altars of Ordinary Light,’ I had many wow moments, which stemmed from my reaction to June’s word choice and the precise and exquisite arrangement of words, phrases, and sentences. Clearly, June has talent.”The public is invited to attend Poetry: Imitation and Imagination, one of the Experts & Insights presentations in the Sierra College Dean’s Lecture Series where each month, a different topic is examined from an academic viewpoint. There is no charge for Experts & Insights, thanks to the generosity of the presenters and Sierra College. Reservations are advised at 530-550-2290. Upcoming presentations include “Animal Courtship,” Nov. 5, presented by Professor Chuck Levitan and “Another Look at Afghanistan” 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: “Intimate Kisses: the poetry of sexual pleasure” and “Passionate Hearts: the poetry of sexual love,” now in a second printing. Her chapbook “Mean Girl Trips” was published fall 2006 by Pudding House Press. Her first full length collection of poetry, “Altars of Ordinary Light,” 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.