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Thursday, May 25 7:00 - 8:15 pm

Daniel Rounds

Anthony Swofford

Naomi Williams

Friday, May 26 5:15 - 6:30 pm

Natashia Deon

Albert Garcia

Claire Bidwell Smith 

Saturday, May 27 5:15 - 6:30 pm

Jericho Brown

Edan Lepucki

Angela Morales


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CATHY ARELLANO is just another Queer Mexican writer from San Francisco's Mission District. In July, Kórima Press will publish Arellano's collection of broken-hearted lesbian love poems suitable for anyone who has loved, been loved, been left I Love My Women, Sometimes They Love Me. In 2016, Kórima published Salvation on Mission Street, Arellano's memoir in poetry and prose about love and loss of a family and neighborhood. Arellano's work can be found in print and online, including As Us: A Space for Women of the World, La Bloga, Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, Cipactli, Curve Magazine, Duke City Fix, El Tecolote, Feminist Formations, Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, La Voz de Esperanza, Label Me Latino: Journal of Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Latino Literary Production, The Malpaís Review, The Más Tequila Review, Poetry in Flight/Poesía en Vuelo, Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice and Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Arts Journal. Arellano has won awards from the San Francisco Art Commission, the Taos Summer Writers' Conference, and Serpent Source Foundation for Women Artists. 


JOHN BELL has been a professor of English at American River College since 2003 and has also taught in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. A former department chair and Writing Center coordinator, his poetry has appeared in several small magazines and anthologies. He has also presented at several writing conferences.


Aaron Bradford

AARON BRADFORD teaches creative writing, composition, and literature at American River College. He has also taught creative writing and psychology at CSU, Long Beach, where he earned his MFA in poetry. His poems have appeared in Pearl, Chiron Review, and Nerve Cowboy, and the anthologies Incidental Buildings & Accidental Beauty, Burning the Little Candle, and Late Peaches. He co-wrote the experimental play Singularities and contributed dramatic monologues to River City Anthology, a collaboration between the Sacramento Poetry Center and the Actor's Workshop of Sacramento.


Danny Dyer teaches composition at American River College and Sierra College and previously taught at University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he earned his MA in Literature and MFA in Poetry. His prose, poetry, and criticism have been awarded and published in regional and national journals. He hopes to soon publish his first book, a collection of formal poems exploring the spiritual aspects of trauma. Danny is a former editor of The American River Review.    

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TRACI GOURDINE'S poetry and stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, and she has been anthologized within Shepard and Thomas's Sudden Fiction Continued. Her debut full-length poetry collection, Ringing In the Wild, was published by Ad Lumen Press. Traci and Quincy Troupe were paired in a year-long exchange of letters for the anthology Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community. She is co-editor of Night is Gone, Day is Still Coming, an anthology of writing by young Native writers, as well as We Beg to Differ, poems by Sacramento poets against the Iraq war. She has also co-edited the Tule Review with Luke Breit for the Sacramento Poetry Center. She was Chair of the Sacramento Poet Laureate Committee for four laureate terms. For ten years she facilitated writing workshops within several California state prisons in the Arts in Corrections program for the William James Association. 

Christian Kiefer

Christian Kiefer holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of California, Davis. He is the author of the novels The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury) and The Animals (Liveright) and the novella One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide (Nouvella). He has published several stories in notable journals, and been awarded a Pushcart Prize. He is a tenured professor of English at American River College.

JASON SINCLAIR LONG studied Theater and American Literature at UC Santa Cruz and earned his MFA in Playwriting from UCLA. He is a former member of Blue Man Group and currently teaches, writes, drums, gardens, and plays board games in Northern California with his wife and two sons. His first collection of flash fiction, Tiny Giants, was released by Ad Lumen Press in 2014.

Jason Sinclair Long


Erika Mailman

ERIKA MAILMAN is the author of The Witch's Trinity, a Bram Stoker finalist and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book, and Woman of Ill Fame, a Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award nominee. Her novel The Murderer's Maid: a Novel of Lizzie Borden will come out in October. Under the pen name Lynn Carthage, she has written a young adult trilogy called The Arnaud Legacy. Erika has been a Yaddo fellow and a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards. 

DAVID MERSON teaches composition and creative writing at American River College, where he served as Editorial Adviser for the American River Review for nine years and was awarded the 2006 "Teacher of the Year Award" by the ARC Associated Student Association. He earned his M.A. in Fiction Writing at UC Davis.

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Michael Spurgeon

 MICHAEL SPURGEON is the author of the novel Let The Water Hold Me Down (Ad Lumen Press). Additional writing has appeared in multiple regional and national journals, like the North American Review, Sonora Review, and The Packinghouse Review. A tenured professor of English at American River College, Michael teaches composition, literature, and creative writing and serves as the current Editorial Adviser to American River Review. He is also co-founder and former Board President of 916 Ink, a Sacramento literacy project that turns children into published authors.




Jodi Angel

JODI ANGEL's second collection of stories, You Only Get Letters From Jail, was published by Tin House Books in 2013 to national acclaim. Her first collection, The History of Vegas, was named as a San Francisco Chronicle "Best Book of 2005" as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Review "Discovery." Her work has appeared in Tin HouseZoetrope: All-Story, and the Sycamore Review, among other publications and anthologies. Her stories have received several Pushcart Prize nominations, and she was selected for Special Mention in 2007. Her story "A Good Deuce" was noted as a "Distinguished Story" in The Best American Stories 2012.

KATE ASCHE writes poetry, essays and short stories. A graduate of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program, she is a writing teacher and literary community builder in Sacramento. Her first poetry collection, the chapbook Our Day in the Labyrinth, was published by Finishing Line Press in September 2

015, and her poetry is forthcoming in Santa Clara Review and has appeared in Bellingham Review, RHINO, Pilgrimage, the anthology Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets and elsewhere. She is a trained facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method and has taught creative writing in a variety of academic and community settings since 2005. She currently teaches workshops in Sacramento and provides manuscript coaching to writing groups and individuals. 

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Jericho Brown

JERICHO BROWN is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

KIRSTIN CHEN is the author of the novels Bury What We Cannot Take, forthcoming from Little A in 2018, and Soy Sauce for Beginners, a Kindle First selection, an O, The Oprah Magazine "book to pick up now", and a Glamour book club pick. A former Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, she has received awards from Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Her short stories have appeared in ZyzzyvaHobart, and Pank, among others. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently lives in San Francisco. 

Kristin Chen

Natashia Deon

NATASHIA DEÓN is a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee and author of the critically-acclaimed novel, GRACE (Counterpoint Press), which was named a New York Times and Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016. A practicing attorney, law professor, and creator of the popular L.A.-based reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, Deón is the recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, and other places.

DAVID DOMINGUEZ holds a BA in comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Arizona. He is the author of the collections Work Done Right (University of Arizona Press) and The Ghost of César Chávez (C&R Press). His poems have appeared in numerous journals, such as Crab Orchard ReviewThe Bloomsbury ReviewBorder Senses Literary MagazinePALABRA a Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary ArtPoet Lore, and Southern Review. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Wind Shifts: New Latino PoetryBear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from CaliforniaBreathe: 101 Contemporary Odes; and Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing. New work is forthcoming in Miramar and in the anthology Latino Poetics. Dominguez teaches writing at Reedley College.

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Ryan Finnerty

RYAN FINNERTY is an Emmy Nominated screenwriter and producer. An ARC alum and graduate of the UCLA School of Film of Television (2010 Samuel Goldwyn Award Winner). He has written/produced the feature films Rogue RiverChildren of SorrowGhostmatesSmosh The Movie, and I Love You Both. And for the past 7 years has been the head writer/producer for YouTube's top sketch comedy channel SMOSH (22 million+ subscribers - 6 billion+ views).

ALBERT GARCIA is the author of three books of poems: Rainshadow (Copper Beech Press), Skunk Talk (Bear Star Press), and A Meal Like That (Brick Road Poetry Press).  Individual poems have been published widely in journals such as The North American Review, Willow Springs, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Poetry Review.  He has also published Digging In: Literature for Developing Writers (Prentice Hall).  His poems have won various awards, have been featured in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry, and have been read by Garrison Keillor on A Writer's Almanac.  He holds a bachelor's degree from Chico State University, an MFA from the University of Montana, and an EdD from Benedictine University.  He taught community college English for 17 years and now is Dean of the Language and Literature Division at Sacramento City College. He lives with his wife, the artist Teresa Steinbach-Garcia, in Wilton, California.

Albert Garcia

Edan Lepucki

EDAN LEPUCKI is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels California and Woman No. 17, and the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me. She's the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles and a contributing editor to The Millions.

JANNA MARLIES MARON is an author, editor, and publisher living in Midtown Sacramento. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and publishes Under the Gum Tree, a literary quarterly. During its five-year tenure, Under the Gum Tree has published  more than 100 artists and writers, and has seen nine essays recognized as notable in The Best American Essays of 2013, 2015, and 2016. Under the Gum Tree accepts submissions year round (info at Janna has self-published several books, including How to Manage Depression Without Drugs, her story of using story, music, food and ritual to find her way out of depression. Her creative nonfiction has been published online in Lunch Ticket and The Manifest-Station. 

Janna Marlies Maron

Angela Morales

ANGELA MORALES, a graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, Harvard ReviewThe Southern ReviewThe Southwest ReviewThe Los Angeles Review, Arts and Letters, The Baltimore Review, The Pinch, Hobart, River Teeth, Under the Sun, and Puerto del Sol, and The Indianola Review. She is the winner of the River Teeth Book Prize, 2014, and is a MacDowell Fellow.  Her book won the 2017 PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Currently she teaches composition and creative writing at Glendale Community College and is working on a new collection of essays

NAYOMI MUNAWEERA's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors won the 2013 Commonwealth Literary Prize for Asia and was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. The New York Times called it "incandescent" and Publisher's Weekly has compared her work to that of Jumpha Lahiri and Michael Ondaatje. Her second novel, What Lies Between Us was named one of the best literary releases of 2016 from venues such as BuzzFeed and Elle Magazine. The novel was included in  Publisher's Weekly's Ten Essential Books About the Immigrant Experience 2017. 


Christa Parravani


DANIEL ROUNDS poetry has been featured in Aufgabe3rd BedGoodfootXConnectFish Drum Magazine, and American River Review. His first book of poetry, some distant lateral present, was released by Ad Lumen Press in 2014. His second collection of poems, eros zero, also from Ad Lumen Press, is being released at SummerWords 2017. He lives and works in Sacramento. 



CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of two books about grief and loss, The Rules of Inheritance and After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? She has a private practice in Los Angeles and also leads workshop and retreats around the country.

ANTHONY SWOFFORD is the author of    the memoirs Jarhead and Hotels, Hospitals and Jails and the novel Exit A. Knopf will soon publish his recent work, a biography entitled A Fire Came to My Mind, which he has adapted into a feature for HBO Films. His next novel is the first book in a Sacramento noir trilogy. He and his wife and daughters split their time between Morgantown, West Virginia and Los Angeles, CA. In August of 2017 he will join the English Department and Creative Writing MFA faculty at West Virginia University.

Anthony Swafford

Naomi J. Williams

Naomi J. Williams is the author of Landfalls (FSG 2015), long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Zoetrope: All-Story, A Public Space, One Story, The Southern Review, and The Gettysburg Review. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and one-time winner, Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis. Naomi was born in Japan and spoke no English until she was six years old. Today she lives in Davis, California, where she teaches creative writing and serves as co-director of the literary series Stories on Stage Davis She's hard at work on new projects, including a novel about the early 20th-century Japanese poet Yosano Akiko.