The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that fosters literary and artistic communities in Maine and beyond through publications, research, on site projects and workshops.

Our efforts help build community through literary, artistic and educational means. 

The Solon Center helps community-based projects and works with community organizations like Maine Insights, a 501(c)4 statewide newsmagazine, to make our educational materials more accessible.

We believe in journalism that values features, community-building research and true stories, regardless of its place in the frenetic, twenty-four hour news cycle. We don’t support sensationalism, blockbuster ideals, or conflict journalism.

We’re looking forward to our own literary magazine, Insights.

And a specialized magazine on literary journalism and lyric essays, Factum. To read more please go to our project page.

We publish books of long-term intrinsic value with Polar Bear & Company.

Polar Bear & Company—

Polar Bear & Company  has been publishing high-quality works of cultural significance since 1998, with over 60 titles, with worldwide distribution. In 2015 the owners decided to follow the traditional model of non-profit publishing, thereby making Polar Bear & Company an imprint of the Solon Center for Research and Publishing.

Polar Bear & Company publishes non-fiction and fiction writers who bring needed insights to the world.

Polar Bear & Company produces books that make a difference to our cultural heritage, creative economy and democracy. We strive to enhance the quality of life through literature and art. We hope to give well-intentioned, creative people avenues for their words, wisdom, wit and other talents so they can reach individuals to create stronger communities.

Polar Bear’s titles range from “Above the Gravel Bar,” which detailed a network of ancient Native American canoe routes in Maine that had never been documented, to the Clipper series, illustrated children’s books about a Maine island puppy, to historian Neil Rolde’s newest titles of cultural significance: “Crimes of War”, and “Political Tales”.  

At the Solon Center—

 We believe that complicated issues can be communicated clearly and in a way that is inspiring, eye-opening, and engaging. We believe art is writing and writing is art, and that both are intrinsic to daily life.

We believe that democracy flourishes when creativity is allowed freedom of expression.

Solon Center for Research and Publishing also serves as a space where people from diverse disciplines can examine issues of cultural and environmental importance, while developing connections across social and physical boundaries.

The Solon Center

8 Brook Street,

PO Box 311, Solon,

Maine 04979

207. 643. 2795