In autumn 2014 author Jerry Dennis and artist Glenn Wolff teamed with creative director Gail Dennis to form Big Maple Press, a small press dedicated to publishing special editions of the works of Dennis and Wolff and making them available only at independent bookstores and on the Big Maple Press website.

Jerry and Glenn have won numerous awards and have received acclaim from readers and reviewers around the world for their many books published by major publishers, as well as for their essays and illustrations in such publications as The New York Times, The Village Voice, Smithsonian, Audubon, Wildlife Conservation, Sports Afield, and Orion.

Why take the plunge into small-press publishing?

“First, because we care deeply about our books and want to make them as beautiful and interesting as we can,” says Jerry. “Glenn and I have been fortunate to work with many talented professionals in the publishing industry but we’ve always wanted to try our hand at publishing our own books, partly because we’re interested in everything about the process and partly because we’ve always had a vision of how our books should look and feel. When we had the chance to join forces with Gail Dennis, who has thirty years experience designing books and magazines, we jumped at it. And since we owe our careers to independent booksellers who have championed our books from the beginning, it was a natural step to publish special editions that can be purchased only in those stores.”

Michigan Author Jerry Dennis


JERRY DENNIS has earned international acclaim for his many works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. His books, including The Bird in the Waterfall, The Windward Shore, and The Living Great Lakes, have won many awards, are frequently taught in colleges and high schools, and have been translated into six languages. His shorter works have appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Orion, Michigan Quarterly Review, and many other publications. Visit him at www.jerrydennis.net

Michigan Artist Glenn Wolff


GLENN WOLFF has illustrated more than 30 books, hundreds of articles and essays in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Audubon, and Wildlife Conservation Magazine, and his mixed-media fine art has been shown throughout the U.S. and Canada and is included in many private and public collections.
More on his work can be found at www.glennwolff.com

Gail Dennis


GAIL DENNIS has designed print publications for clients such as Henry Holt Publishers and St. Martin’s Press, and served as Design Director for the Michigan Land Use Institute for ten years and Art Director for Harbor House Publishers for five years. Her role at Big Maple Press is designing books, coordinating events, and building systems to keep our press efficient. Contact her at gail@jerrydennis.net