About the Press
Started on a whim, but damn we're having fun!
Bent Paddle Press is a venerable institution that's been around since, oh, 2016 or so. I wanted to print a small book using one of Jeanie's poems (Pray at All Times). So, we printed it, hand sewed it, and figured we need a press name. Jeanie and I often joked about the odd press names we've come across, especially in poetry: Unwavering Stare Press, Hobgoblins, inc. Press, Lugubrious Toad Press. OK, I just made those up, but who knows, they may be out there somewhere. After pitching a few names back and forth we came up with Bent Paddle. We do own a couple of bent paddles to go along with the canoe that we don't use nearly so much as we used to, or wish to.
The next use of the press was also "in house." Jeanie had a collection of poetry that needed to be published. That was The Collect of the Day, a lovely mix of the spiritual and the quirky and a tribute to a good friend and poet who passed away much too early. Then Jeanie teamed up with poet and artist Sharon Auberle (not for the first time). They traded drawings/sketches and each wrote poems to each other's artwork. With that, Dovetail was born.
With Bent Paddle's next three publications we've gone outside the home to publish books from authors Richard Merelman, Ronnie Hess and Ron Czerwien.
Bent Paddle Press endeavors to not only publish great poetry (which is, of course, the heart of the matter), but to design beautiful books. You can check out our offerings below. If you care to order, you can do so from our store.