The American River Current

Assembly bill eliminates standardized English and math placement tests at ARC

Although the American River College Assessment Center will continue to administer tests in other areas of education, as of Feb. 1, 2019, it is no longer administering standardized placement tests for math or English. (Photo by Jennah Booth)

Jennah Booth

February 6, 2019

Students who are starting their general education at American River College this semester will see changes to their English and math level placement with the implementation of Assembly Bill 705, which has reduced the number of available lower level classes as well as eliminated the placement test. Signed b...

ASB debates $1,000 donation to AR Review

Student Senator Earl Crouchley III (right) delivers a speech to ASB arguing for a $1,000 donation to the AR Review on Nov. 9. (Photo by Brienna Edwards)

Brienna Edwards

November 16, 2017

On Nov. 9, the American River College Student Senate discussed Bill F-17,  which would allocate $1,000  to the American River Review for production cost for its 2018 edition. The American River Review is a literary journal published by American River College, and is entirely student-produced. It has wo...

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...

Take this class: ENGLT 365: Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Literature

Professor Susan Howe teaches her Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual andTransgender Literature class at American River College. This semester is the first time the course has been offered at ARC. (Photo by Joe Padilla)

Bailey Carpenter

January 31, 2016

An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Reanne Acolsta's last name "Aclsta" A former student, and now professor, at American River College, Susan Howe, has created a safe haven for all LGBTQ students on campus, while giving them the opportunity to earn college credits. After notic...

Published writer teaches the ins and outs of travel writing at SummerWords

Suzanne Roberts, a published writer, leads a workshop on travel writing at SummerWords.

Joseph Daniels and Joseph Daniels

July 8, 2015

Suzanne Roberts said that one way for travel writers to get into writing about a location is to look at their hobbies during her workshop at SummerWords. “When you think about the things that you already love, or you already know how to do really well, they become your niche,” said Roberts. Travel...

ARC professors discuss the basics of screenwriting at SummerWords

ARC professors discuss the basics of screenwriting at SummerWords

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

May 30, 2015

During a panel discussion on screenwriting, American River College English professor Jason Sinclair Long told an audience at SummerWords what it was like when he pitched a screenplay in Hollywood. “He said, ‘you have three minutes’, and he sat back and read the newspaper while I pitched,”...

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...

English professors recite their poetry at their annual Word Soup reading

English professors recite their poetry at their annual Word Soup reading

Meredith Durham and Meredith Durham

April 30, 2015

American River College’s annual Word Soup faculty poetry reading took place at Tuesday’s college hour as National Poetry Month concludes this April. English professors Traci Gourdine and Cathy Arellano read from each of their published works, mostly in literary magazines and chat books. This...

Book Review: ‘Circus Girl and Other Stories’

Book Review: 'Circus Girl and Other Stories'

Joseph Daniels and Joseph Daniels

September 30, 2014

Lois Ann Abraham’s “Circus Girl and Other Stories,” offers brilliant snapshots into peoples’ lives. At Abraham’s finest moments, she makes the reader feel more of a voyeur than a reader. The collection features 16 stories, which opens up with its title story, “Circus Girl.” Most people...

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