Down East magazine, has been publishing since August 1954, and continues as one of Maine's most prominent monthly magazines. Their web site's history page provides the following description:

"The goal of Down East has always been to hold a mirror up to Maine — its storied past and lively present — and to celebrate its flinty, independent character and unhurried way of life. As Maine has changed with the times, however, so has Down East. Today the state has come to embrace its future as well as its past. Accordingly, the magazine now focuses more on contemporary Maine life and what the future might bring and less on historical background and quaint rusticity. Booming circulation and advertising gains demonstrate the wisdom of this editorial shift."

Portland Public Library's collection of Down East is complete, and begins with the first issue, August 1954. The hard copies are available in the Portland Room.


Submissions from 2023

Food and Drink: Full of Beans, Sarah Stebbins

Food and Drink: Off-Beet Idea, Katy Kelleher

Food and Drink: 'Wich Craft, Will Grunewald

Good Things From Maine: Animal Crossing, A. P.

Good Things From Maine: No Skin in the Game, Monique Brouillette

Good Things From Maine: Picks of the Litter, Adrienne Perron

Maine Fauna A to Z, Down East staff writers

Maine Fauna A to Z: A is for Arctic Char, Brian Kevin

Maine Fauna A to Z: C is for Caribou, Ron Joseph ["as told to"]

Maine Fauna A to Z: D is for Dogs, Kathryn Miles

Maine Fauna A to Z: H is for Hagfish, Virginia M. Wright

Maine Fauna A to Z: J is for Jackson Laboratory, Peter Andrey Smith

Maine Fauna A to Z: M is for Moose, B. K.

Maine Fauna A to Z: P is for Puffins, Derrick Z. Jackson

Maine Fauna A to Z: S is for Sturgeon, Scot McFarlane and John Lichter

Maine Fauna A to Z: W is for Whitetails, Nora Saks

My Favorite Place: James Francis: Mud Pond Carry, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Brian Kevin

North by East: Amphibious Assault, Will Grunewald

North by East: Beak Outlook?, Mary Pols

North by East: Candid Cameras, W. G.

Rambles with Rover, Aislinn Sarnacki

Room with a View: Still With Us, Philip Conkling

Submissions from 2022

1972: The Year That Changed Maine, Down East staff writers

A Connecting Place, Adrienne Perron

A Few of Their Favorite Things, Adrienne Perron, Brian Kevin, and Arielle Greenberg

"A Larger Bridge", Michael Colbert

A Refuge Remembered, Bridget M. Burns

A Spin on the Chilly-Go-Round, Joel Crabtree

A Village for All Seasons?, Virginia M. Wright

Best of Maine 2022, Down East staff writers

Best Places to Live in Maine (2022), Will Grunewald, Adrienne Perron, and Brian Kevin

Catch & Release, Franklin Burroughs

Cheney, Matthiessen, and Me, Scott Bane

Ciao Chow, Will Grunewald

Corduroy Cameo, A. P.

Down East Americana, Benjamin Williamson [photos] and Brian Kevin [text]

Economy of Scales, Katy Kelleher

Eric Hopkins's 115th Dream, Brian Kevin

Face the Music, Will Grunewald, Brian Kevin, and Adrienne Perron

Flipping Good, W. G.

Food and Drink: A Very Buona Notte, Brian Kevin

Food and Drink: Back on Top, W. G.

Food and Drink: Barn Again, Catie Joyce-Bulay

Food and Drink: Claws and Effect, W. G.

Food and Drink: Clear Alternative, Brian Kevin

Food and Drink: Cooking: Square Meals, Will Grunewald

Food and Drink: Did Shrimp Lose the Squid Game?, Will Grunewald

Food and Drink: Eating Their Words, W. G.

Food and Drink: Fill 'Er Up, Jesse Ellison

Food and Drink: Fish/Tacos, W. G.