AD LUMEN PRESS was founded at American River College in Sacramento, California in 2013 by author and professor Christian Kiefer. Building on the thirty-year publishing history of American River Review, the college’s nationally recognized literary and art magazine, Ad Lumen Press is the nation’s only university-style literary-press housed at a community college.

Precisely because the press is housed at a community college, an educational component is an important part of the Ad Lumen Press identity. All unsolicited submissions are initially screened by students in the Literary Publishing class, the capstone class for American River College’s (ARC) Literary Publishing Certificate. Students in this class read, analyze, and discuss each submission, and ultimately forward four finalists to the faculty-based editorial board. The board then picks one or more of the four finalists for publication.

Ad Lumen Press has published talented authors such as Lois Ann Abraham, Traci Gourdine, Jason Sinclair Long, Daniel Rounds, Michael Spurgeon, and Ziaeddin Torabi.

We are pleased to be supported by the
ARC Foundation and the ARC English Department