June Spence earned an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her prize-winning short fiction has been widely published, including a collection of short stories, Missing Women and Others, which won the 1995 Willa Cather Award. The collection was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1998, and she received the North Carolina Literary & Historical Society’s inaugural Mary Ruffin Poole award for first fiction in 1999. Her title story “Missing Women” was included in the 1997 Best American Short Stories selected by Annie Proulx. Her novel Change Baby was published in 2004. June has taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University, Meredith College, NC State University, Berry College, and Bowling Green State University. She also has extensive experience in corporate communications.
June looks forward to working with Doe Branch Ink participants working on short and long fiction as well as creative non-fiction.