The American River Current

Review: Christian Kiefer creates dreamlike tragedy in “Phantoms”

“Phantoms,” by American River College English professor Christian Kiefer, is a dreamlike narrative about the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during World War II and how it affected the people in Newcastle, Calif. (Photo Illustration by Patrick Hyun Wilson)

Patrick Hyun Wilson

May 13, 2019

After returning from the Western front during World War II, Ray Takahashi visits his childhood home in Newcastle, California. While there, he visits old acquaintances, childhood friends and old neighbors from a life who are far removed from the life he was living in the August of 1945. However, his re...

ARC becomes home to nation’s only university-style literary press

English Professor Michael Spurgeon leads a discussion in his English Creative Writing 455 class. ENGCW 455 read all submissions sent to Ad Lumen. (Photo by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Luis Gael

October 5, 2017

American River College’s English Department has created a program unlike any other in the country. ARC is now home to the nation’s only community college-based university-style literary press and it is accepting submissions from all over the world, and opening its doors to students that want to...

SummerWords returns for sixth annual workshop

The crowd looks on as Christian Kiefer speaks during the 2016 SummerWords conference at ARC. (File Photo)

Mack Ervin III

May 9, 2017

American River College will host its sixth annual creative writing workshop SummerWords late this spring from May 25-28. SummerWords is a creative writing festival that will feature panels, workshops, readings, and more from ARC professors and esteemed writers and poets. The festival will featur...

‘Prostitution is not funny’

Author and ARC English professor, Lois Ann Abraham reads a passage from her novel “Tina Goes to Heaven during a College Hour speech on March 9, in Raef Hall room 120. Abraham has been published twice before both works by ARC's publication Ad Lumen Press. (Photo by Mack Ervin III)

Cheyenne Drury

March 13, 2017

‘Prostitution is not funny’ was the theme stressed at Thursday’s college hour with ARC professor Lois Ann Abraham’s reading of her novel “Tina Goes to Heaven,” in Raef Hall. In the book, Tina, the protagonist, tells the story with sudden shifts in point of view, which Abraham said is ...

ARC professor named best creative writer in Sacramento

Christian Kiefer was recently named best creative writer in Sacramento. (Photo courtesy of Christian Kiefer)

Jared Smith

October 17, 2016

English Professor Christian Kiefer loves to write. He was newly named best creative writer of Sacramento by the Sacramento News and Review (SNR). A modest man, Kiefer joked that the SNR has no taste. Kiefer said that it was a wonderful feeling, and that you always want to be recognized by your communit...

Faculty readings kick off the first day of SummerWords

(Left to right) American River College English professors Cathy Arellano, Christian Kiefer and Lois Ann Abraham answer question after their readings at the first day of SummerWords. The creative writing festival is a four-day event that ends on Sunday. (Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger and Hannah Darden

May 27, 2016

By Hannah Darden and Jordan Schauberger The annual SummerWords creative writing festival kicked off its fifth year with featured faculty writers Christian Kiefer, Lois Ann Abraham and Cathy Arellano reading from their published or upcoming work at American River College on Thursday. The festiv...

ARC Professor reads from his new book, “The Animals”

ARC Professor reads from his new book, “The Animals”

Meredith Durham and Meredith Durham

May 5, 2015

College hour was packed with students waiting to hear author and English Professor Christian Kiefer read from his newest novel, “The Animals” Tuesday. Kiefer followed the reading with a question and answer session alongside fellow author and English professor Michael Spurgeon. Kiefer explained...

ARC professor’s new novel gets notable reviews

American River College professor, Christian Kiefer, speaking at SummerWords last year. Kiefer's most recent publication,

Cheyenne Drury and Cheyenne Drury

April 9, 2015

His newly released novel “The Animals” has been featured in the Sacramento Bee and was reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle and by the author of “California” Edan Lepucki who was interviewed on the Colbert Report. Christian Kiefer is an English professor here at American River College and...

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