The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series is celebrating National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room with poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington.
These award-winning poets will read from their works, engage the audience with a Q and A, and sign copies of their books. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.
June Sylvester Saraceno is a transplant from the American South to the American West. The influences of both regions are reflected in her work. Saraceno’s second full-length collection of poetry, of Dirt and Tar, is forthcoming from Cherry Grove Collections this spring. She is also the author of Altars of Ordinary Light, released by Plain View Press in 2007, and a chapbook of prose poems, Mean Girl Trips, published in 2006 by Pudding House Press.
Her work, both poetry and fiction, has appeared widely in journals including American Journal of Nursing, California Quarterly, Haight Asbury Literary Journal, The Pedestal, Quicksilver, Silk Road, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry and others. She is also a contributor to several anthologies including A Bird as Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens; Tahoe Blues; Cradle Songs: Poems on Motherhood; Intimate Kisses: the poetry of sexual pleasure and Passionate Hearts: the poetry of sexual love, now in a second printing.
Originally from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, she received a BA in English from East Carolina University and an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is currently English Program Chair at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe where she is director of the popular Writers in the Woods literary speaker series and founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review.
Laura Wetherington’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books, 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. She also has 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). Wetherington currently teaches in Sierra Nevada College’s undergraduate English and low-residency MFA programs, and she’s also the co-founder and editor of an online audio publication website, www.textsound.org.
This event is sponsored by the LTCC Writers’ Series and Poets & Writers, Inc., through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. The LTCC Writers’ Series is committed to providing a cultural outlet for its students and the community by offering free readings, discussions, craft talks and workshops with nationally known award-winning authors, as well as poetry slams, open mic nights and student readings. Over the past 14 years, LTCC has hosted nationally-acclaimed poets and writers such as Brian Turner, Denise Duhamel, Luis Rodriguez, H.L. Hix, Sholeh Wolpé, Chris Abani, Dorianne Laux, Francisco Jimenez, Juan Felipe Herrera, Nathalie Handal, Tracy Ross and Lama Marut. For more information, contact LTCC Writers’ Series coordinator Suzanne Roberts at email@example.com.