To an outside observer, north Sacramento, California might seem an unlikely place for a creative writing mecca. The fact that American River College is a state-funded, public education community college might make it seem even more unlikely. And yet American River College has drawn some of the area’s most talented creative writers to its halls and has published, for a quarter century, their work in the award-winning American River Review.
Burning the Little Candle, a title borrowed from the poetry of Philip Levine, offers a selection from the work of that creative writing department’s faculty and staff including new and previously published work by Lois Ann Abraham, Aaron Bradford, Christian Kiefer, Shane Lipscomb, John Bell, Traci Gourdine, Jason Sinclair Long, Harold Schneider, Michael Angelone, Michael Spurgeon, Rod Siegfried, David Merson, and Emily Hughes. As former American River College student (and Jarhead author) Anthony Swofford writes in his introduction, “go now, read these working and teaching artists. And learn.”
TRACI GOURDINE‘s poetry and stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, and she has been anthologized in Sudden Fiction Continued (Norton Publishing). 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 (Saturnalia Books). She is co-editor of Night is Gone, Day is Still Coming (Candlewick Press), an anthology of writing by young Native writers, as well as We Beg to Differ, poems by Sacramento poets against the Iraq war. For ten years she facilitated writing workshops within several California state prisons in the Arts in Corrections program for the William James Association. She is a professor of English at American River College in Sacramento.
A musician, poet, novelist, and a widely published music journalist and scholar. He holds a Ph.D. from UC Davis and is the author of the novel, The Infinite Tides.
is a tenured professor of English at American River College, where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing and serves as the Editorial Advisor to the American River Review. He has authored two chapbooks and four short stage plays, and his writing has appeared in multiple regional and national journals. He is the author of the novel, Let the Water Hold Me Down, also published by Ad Lumen.
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