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 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...

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...

Internationally renowned poet concludes SummerWords event

Carolyn Forche recites her poetry at SummerWords on May 30. Forche is an internationally renowned, award winning poet.

John Ferrannini and John Ferrannini

June 25, 2015

Internationally renowned award winning poet Carolyn Forche was the keynote speaker on the last night of the SummerWords creative writing festival at American River College last month. Forche’s poetry touched on many topics, from childhood memories of her grandmother, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia,...

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,”...

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