Now available from Bent Paddle Press:
Canoeing a River with No Name

Poems by Ronnie Hess

Follow poet Hess on this riverine journey of thoughtful, nuanced poems. Hess' unique voice can come across as almost matter-of-fact, yet  there are depths to her poetry that belie this seemingly straightforward tone. Rocks and rapids lie just underneath the gentle current and surprises wait around the next bend.   

Read some poems here.

See the author's website here.



Jeanie's newest book from Red Bird Chapbooks, dear little fist.


44 pages
8.5" x 5.5" single signature with hand sewn binding.
Published February 2018, $12

Here's what the publisher had to say about this chapbook:

"In dear little fist, Tomasko crafts a collection that mirrors the many ways a heart can beat, sometimes frantic, sometimes steady, and sometimes strikingly quiet. Moving from poignant to funny and back and dealing with a palpable sense of angst connected to the questions of what it means when you can't trust your heart, Tomasko delivers moments of softness, contemplation, and wanting that resound in rhythms reflecting arrhythmia. The next moment is not always what you expect, but you must carry on with it and follow where they lead."

Order from our store or from the publisher.


The Arrows That Choose Us

Poems by Marilyn Annucci

Winner of the 2018 Press 53 Award for Poetry

Help us celebrate a new book of poetry by our friend Marilyn Annucci

You can read more about The Arrows That Choose Us and order from Press 53


Now available from Bent Paddle Press—


Poetry by Richard Merelman. Bent Paddle Press, 2017, 26 pp., $12. 
Merelman finds a way into the human condition with storied, deeply layered poetry.

Read some poems here.

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Sensorium Readings

Richard will be reading poems from his new book at various venues in the coming months. The events are listed below.

Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m., Original Voice, Coloma Hotel, 132 Main St., Coloma, WI. 

Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m.,  Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, WI.

New From Bent Paddle Press


A poetic and artistic collaboration by Jeanie Tomasko and Sharon Auberle featuring poems and sketches by both.

Go here to read some sample poems.
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Jeanie's Drawings

"Rain" by Jeanie Tomasko. See more of her drawings
on her drawing page.




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New, from Dancing Girl Press—


Small Towns Along the Coast

A new chapbook from Jeanie Tomasko.
Go here to read some sample poems.

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Readings and Events: