Resolute Bear began as a chunk of log on the side of the road in Pennsylvania. Most books come from a similar source.
Michael and I stopped at the road side stand of a chain saw carver on the way home from a trip to Pennsylvania Dutch country, where Michael had lived as a child. There was a whole row of bears and a few other different carvings waiting to be sold. The bears had been burned lightly with a blowtorch to make them black where the fur should be. The carver was spraying his creations with linseed oil to help them last longer. The smell of wood chips, singed wood, and the oil was heavy in the summer air.
Most of the carvings were happy little bears with wide-eyed grins. One lone bear with his mouth set in a non-committal way waitied to be convinced to lean into a frown or brighten up to a grin. His eyes were smaller than the others, too, making him slightly myopic looking.
Naturally, Michael and I would be drawn to the odd bear. We chatted with the man, made a deal, and the bear came home with us. We call the bear “Resolute.” For the record, almost everything in our yard had a name. There was Melba the Peach Tree, Red Auerbach the Maple, Nathaniel the Hawthorne, and the trio of potted Christmas Trees we rescued from Home Depot: Luke, Bruce, and Blue. In the front yard was Stanley, the Blue Spruce, for Stanley Kunitz, the famed gardener poet who also lived on the Cape.
The bear settled in, if a bit oddly, on the front steps of our home on Buzzards Bay, MA, a place where you are more likely to see mermaids or sea horses, even pink flamingoes on front steps and in gardens. The bear looked more like he belonged at a summer camp.
Resolute must have known he was going to fetch up on the front porch of our present home in the tiny town of Robbinston Maine, the last Downeast town on Passamaquoddy Bay. He definitely looks more at home here. Resolute has kin here. We share our property with a lot of critters, among them an elusive Mama Black Bear.
Within a year of moving to Maine, we were presented with the opportunity of taking over the helm of the literary magazine, Off the Coast. We decided to create a press to go with the magazine and Resolute Bear Press was born. Off the Coast is now in the capable hands of Ally Talbot, who interned with us and then served on our Editorial team for six years.
The 3 Nations Anthology will be the first book produced by Resolute Bear Press. In honor of this change, I decided to give Resolute a new look. The original logo was a more literal representation of the chain saw carving. The new logo is more whimsical. Resolute is in the same pose, but sitting a little taller, holding a book, and finally, has begun to wear glasses. I hope you enjoy Resolute’s new look.
Stay tuned for more news about the 3 Nations Anthology. The deadline is this Wednesday, March 15.