Spring 2018 Interns

Meet the Interns – Spring 2018

We have a fresh new batch of interns coming on board this spring. They will be joining the team assembled last fall, sans Rachael, who has graduated and moved onto the big wide open world.

Despite the program only being about 4 years old, each of our new interns is pursing a degree in English with a Publishing Emphasis. There also seem to be some pet lovers among the bunch!

Let’s get to know our new recruits!


Ashley Thorpe

. . . is a senior at MSUM majoring in English with an Emphasis in Publishing. She hopes to work as an editor at a major publishing company after graduation. This is her first semester interning at New Rivers Press and is very excited to get more hands-on experience. Ashley is very passionate (not obsessed!) with Taylor Swift, cats, and reading. In her free time, you can find her on Twitter, watching New Girl for the fifth time, or forcing cuddle time with her cat.


Kendra Johnson

. . . is a senior at MSUM seeking a degree in English with an Emphasis in Publishing and a Writing Minor. She grew up reading everything she could get her hands on and always knew she had a passion for books. When she is not working or interning for New Rivers Press, she is spending her time playing with her dog (AKA the cutest dog on the planet), cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, or enduring the excruciatingly long wait for the last season of Game of Thrones. She is excited to graduate in the spring and hopefully find a job in the Fargo/Moorhead area.



Trevor Fellow . . .

is a senior at MSUM, studying English with an Emphasis on Publishing. He finds himself habitually correcting people’s pronunciation and spelling, even when he knows he oughtn’t, and insists on proper grammar and syntax at all times—whether that’s at the keyboard or on his old-timey dumbphone (“I’m not ignoring you, it just takes forever to type out ‘magnanimous’!”). He likes unusual stories that fuel the imagination, and is particularly fond of Watership DownAmerican Gods, and anything written by the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett. He discovered a passion for words at a young age, and at a slightly less young age discovered that what he really likes is helping other people with their words. He loves working for NRP, and hopes to use the experience to find a similar job elsewhere in the field.

Its great to see another bunch of enthusiastic students joining the NRP crew. Best of luck this spring!

Many Voices Project (MVP) Submission Deadline Extended

The original deadline for this year’s Many Voices Project submission window was tomorrow, December 1st, 2017. The submission window is going to be extended to the 15th of December. This gives you a bit more time to polish up your manuscript and send it on in.

Please note, New Rivers Press does not accept paper manuscript submissions (i.e. through the postal service.) In our effort to be eco-friendly (have you seen how much paper in any given submissions pile?) we only accept submissions through our Submittable webpage.

The Many Voices Project has separate submission pages for Poetry manuscripts and for Fiction manuscripts. A $25 reading fee applies for both.

Submission guidelines can be found on each Submittable listing, otherwise the information can be accessed on our site at the MVP contest information page.

To everyone who submits their work, good luck!

Literary Scavenger Hunt and Open Mic Night

New Rivers Press is partnering with MSUM Literary Magazine, Red Weather to host a Literary Scavenger Hunt and Open Mic Night for the students of MSUM.

Beginning at 2pm on Monday, November 6th Red Weather and New Rivers Press will be hosting a campus-wide scavenger hunt for free literary goodies! Students are encouraged to pick a literary item—their favorite book or a piece of their own original work—and hide it somewhere around campus to be found by other participants in the hunt. They may hide their special item wherever they please, but they must take a photo of the item in its place and post it on Instagram with the hashtag: #RWScavengerHunt. The item will then be up for grabs! Lucky hunters who find a literary treasure are then asked to re-post the item to their own Instagram announcing that it has been found. Finally, the finder is asked to replace the item with an item of their own in a spot of their choosing. (This is not mandatory but makes the hunt a little more interesting!)

Related imageThe hunt will end at 6 PM when the participants, as well as others on campus, are invited to join NRP and Red Weather in the Sun Garden Lounge located in the CMU! There will be spoken poetry, music and other performances by MSUM students, staff, and faculty!

Let us know if you think we should do other events like this, on the MSUM campus or in the Fargo-Moorhead area in the comments.

-Cameron S.

Books Helping Break the Silence


It all started with a Tweet. Actress Alyssa Milano tweeted out, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me Too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Since then, the hashtag #MeToo has been flooding social media, the past couple weeks. Women and men have come forth in attempt to break the silence on sexual violence by opening up and telling their own stories. This social media trend has brought people together and given them even more motivation to end all acts of sexual harassment, assault, and violence.

Authors have also made an attempt to break the silence by including these topics in their books and creating characters who have faced these dreadful circumstances. I scoured the internet in attempt to find some books that have done a good job bringing light to the subject. All photos link to their Goodreads page, where you can click to learn more or add to your Goodreads shelves.



The Color Purple, Alice Walker, Pocket



Goodnight, and Thanks for the Vodka, Harpie, Karl Wiggins



A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams, Dramatists Play Service



Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur, Createspace

Young Adult:


The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky, MTV Books and Pocket Books



A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like, Ashley Graham and Rebecca Paley, HarperCollins



The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson (Translated by Reg Keeland), Knopf

Graphic Novel:


Becoming Unbecoming, Una, Myriad Editions

Free Speech Week

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Free speech debates are raging around us all the time—from college campuses to town halls to dinner tables, we hear debates on the first amendment continuously. However, we don’t always set aside time to appreciate the ‘freedom’ in our freedom of speech.

October 16-22 marks national Free Speech Week in the U.S. The celebration was started just 12 years ago in 2005 by The Media Institute, which intends it to be an “annual, non-partisan nationwide program … to raise awareness of the value of free speech in our democracy,” according to The Media Institute’s website.

One core piece of free speech is the freedom to access news, stories, and information no matter where you are. Of course, bibliophiles think instantly of books, but there are many other important channels for free speech as well. And free speech also gives us the opportunity to listen to things outside our viewpoints or comfort zone. To celebrate Free Speech Week, you could …

  • Download a podcast on a topic you know nothing about
  • Watch a documentary on a government conspiracy theory
  • Listen to a wide-ranging radio show like This American Life
  • Read op-eds on subjects you disagree with
  • Check out a banned book from a public library
  • Blog about threats to free speech, public expression, or a free press
  • Go to a town hall meeting or public forum
  • Protest a proposal or sign a petition
  • Attend an art show
  • Teach a friend or child about the history of free speech
  • Research what free speech is like in other countries
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And of course, you can keep on reading great books that exercise and invigorate our first amendment freedoms. No matter what you think of America, at least you can tell those thoughts to the world. So, spark your creativity and join the national conversation today!