American River Review is an entirely student-produced literary journal published by annually by American River College (ARC). American River Review has expanded the scope of its coverage annually, since the debut 1984 issue. To date, American River Review has received the title of Best in the Nation in the Community College Humanities Association Literary Magazine Competition on nine separate occasions. It is currently the only literary magazine in the nation to have received this award more than twice.

Each issue is the result of an eighteen-month process where hundreds of pieces of creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry of various genres are submitted for consideration to American River Review staff. Students of American River College and participants in SummerWords: The American River College Creative Writing Colloquium are eligible to submit. Every submission is read and discussed during a class session and voted upon. A final vote decides which works will be selected, edited, and published. The staff meets with the authors of the selected pieces to discuss the work and offer feedback for the author’s consideration with the goal of helping the piece reach its highest potential.


All ideas and opinions expressed in the magazine are the sole expression of student artists and do not reflect the ideas or opinions of our staff, American River College, the Los Rios Community College District, its employees, or its trustees. All brands, corporations, product names, and other references contained herein are trademarks, registered trademarks, or trade names of their respective holders. All literature and image copyrights are held by their respective owners.