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...

Stories on Stage brings student literature to the Sacramento community

Local actor Pano Roditis reads from Rachel Gardner’s “Tradesman” at the Stories on Stage Los Rios night event on Sept. 30, 2016. The event honored the Los Rios creative writing programs with live readings of stories from each college’s literary magazine. (Photo by Hannah Darden)

Hannah Darden

October 3, 2016

The Verge Center for the Arts in downtown Sacramento was standing-room only on Friday night as students, professors and members of the community gathered for the Stories on Stage Los Rios night. Local actors Jessica Laskey and Pano Roditis did live readings of four stories, each chosen from the ...

SummerWords welcomes Urrea for keynote speech

Author Luis Alberto Urrea speaks the the crowd at American River College during his keynote speech at SummerWords.
(Photo by Jordan Schauberger)

Jordan Schauberger

June 5, 2016

Bestselling author Luis Alberto Urrea gave the keynote speech at American River College’s SummerWords creative writing festival last Saturday, sharing anecdotes from his life before reciting a story entirely from memory. ARC English professor Michael Spurgeon introduced Urrea, and said that the...

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 presents new novel

ARC English professor and author of

Brooke Purves and Brooke Purves

October 20, 2013

American River College English Professor Michael Spurgeon spoke about his new novel “Let the Water Hold Me Down” at College Hour on Thursday in 160 Raef Hall. The audience of about 60 students and faculty appeared jovial and engaged. During his presentation, Spurgeon chronicled his time in San...

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