The American River Current

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...

ARC to host first Annual Sci-Fiction writing contest

Paul Francios discussing the upcoming sci-fi writing contest with Phil Smith in the Librabry on October 18, 2016. (James Saling)

Jared Smith

October 20, 2016

The details of the American River College first annual Science Fiction Writing Contest were discussed at a college hour held in the Library today. The first prize will be given $200 and will be considered, along with runners up, to be published in the American River Review. Students may submit up t...

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...

SummerWords to bring creativity to ARC

Renowned poet Carolyn Forche recites her poetry during her keynote speech at SummerWords in 2015. This year's event will take place from May 26 through May 29 and the keynote speaker will be best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea. (File photo)

Jordan Schauberger

April 30, 2016

From May 26 through May 29, the American River College creative writing department will be hosting its fifth SummerWords at ARC, a community-based creative writing event featuring workshops, panel discussions and readings with award-winning, local and emerging writers. This year’s rendition of the event wi...

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