New Rivers Press, a notforprofit literary publisher and teaching press housed at MSUM, has announced that three of its student designers have been selected to receive the American Inhouse Design Award for Excellence. The award is sponsored by Graphic Design USA, a leading trade journal for graphic design professionals, and has emerged as a premier showcase for outstanding work by inhouse designers.

Under the supervision of New Rivers Press Design Manager Allen Sheets, the students, Ali Eickhoff, Angi Lennington, and Stephanie Thomas, each designed one of the press’ Fall 2008 titles, including the cover and interior pages. Their innovative and eyecatching designs were selected by Graphic Design USA out of more than 4,000 entries nationwide.

Eickhoff designed Bend with the Knees and Other Love Advice from My Father, a collection of short stories by Benjamin Drevlow; Lennington designed Hollow Out, a collection of poetry by Kelsea Habecker; and Thomas designed Slippery Men, a collection of essays by Penelope Schwartz Robinson. All three are recent MSUM BFA graduates.  

“This is testament to the quality and creativity of students we have at MSUM,” said Sheets of the students’ accomplishments. “NRP gives the students such a great opportunity and realworld experience. All of the students we’ve used have come through with outstanding design solutions.”

The winning designs can be viewed at and will also be posted in the winners’ gallery at New Rivers Press is a nonprofit teaching press that is dedicated to upholding its dual mission to publish enduring literature and provide academic learning opportunities for students.