Who is June Willson Read?
I was raised on a Hereford cattle ranch in Wyoming, having been born during the years of the depression, drought and dust bowl, and grasshopper invasions. There were five of us kids – all arriving within an eight-year period.
My first publications were based on a series of interviews I conducted between my junior and senior year at Lusk High School. It was called Pioneer Album and the Lusk Herald published the dozen articles I wrote the summer of 1951.
After high school, I attended the University of Wyoming where I studied journalism and was the Women’s Society News Editor for the Laramie Daily News a short time before I left UW to pursue an “MRS” degree. I am proud of our two children who are now parents themselves.
My husband’s employment took us up and down the Eastern seaboard, from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts to St. Thomas,
U. S. Virgin Islands, with stops in New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, over a 25-year period.
Although raising a family sidetracked me from writing I never completely stopped. For a couple years, I was a reporter for the St. Thomas Daily News, and from time to time I wrote both fiction and non-fiction stories for both children and adults. A children’s short story was published in 1963.
In 1970 I switched careers and returned to college to study Anthropology and Counseling. My BA and MEd came from UNC-Greensboro and I earned a doctorate from Texas Tech University. I was able to fulfill a goal of helping people make their lives better for the next 20-25 years. I worked as a psychotherapist at Washakie Mental Health Services in Worland, WY for ten years before returning to North Carolina to be closer to my children in 1991.
At that point, I decided to pursue my lifetime love of writing and began to seriously obtain education, experience and support toward this occupation. I became an active member of the Writers’ Group of the Triad where I have received and given much support on this writing journey.