North Lake Tahoe Bonanza: Sierra Nevada College English Program Chair June Sylvester Saraceno has followed her 2006 publication of the chapbook Mean Girl Trips with her first full-length volume of original poetry. "Altars of Ordinary Light" was released recently from Plain View Press, an Austin, Texas, press whose mission is to bring "humanitarian enlightenment and hope to individuals and communities grappling with the major issues of our time-peace, justice, the environment, education, and gender."
The book has already gained notice by Carson City writer Ellen Hopkins, author of "Crank, Burned and Impulse," who comments, "The title is apropos for a book that seeks to shed light on ordinary living childhood, family, marriage, womanhood. Saraceno’s verse is accessible, yet filled with vivid imagery."
Poet Lola Haskins writes, "These are honest, generous poems."
The recent publication of her book hasn’t slowed Saraceno down: She recently returned from a trip to Paris, where she presented a paper on teaching college-level poetry at the annual New Directions in the Humanities international conference; the paper will be published in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed International Journal of the Humanities.
And, she is currently at work on her next book, a collection of short stories set in the rural South.
Altars of Ordinary Light is on sale at the Sierra Nevada College campus bookstore, and is also available online at the publisher’s Web site, www.plainviewpress.net. More information can be found about the author on her Web site www.junesaraceno.com. For information about the Sept. 28 book reading, contact Events Coordinator Debi Noonan at (775) 831.1314, x7420, firstname.lastname@example.org.