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 2020

Timelines: September 1980: Maine's Moose Hunt Charges Back, Rob Sneddon

Timelines: The Lady from Maine's Awkward Confrontation, Rachel Slade

Timelines: The Waterville Panthers Became New England Champs, Ronald Joseph

Tower Outage, W. G.

Undeleted, Virginia M. Wright

Virtually the Same Thing, W. G.

While Self-Isolating, Get Sauced, W. G.

Woven Together, Will Grunewald

Submissions from 2019

5th Annual Down East Reader Photo Contest

A Kitchenware-lover's Banquet, Amy Sutherland

An Island Supper, Sam Sifton

Antiques Roadshow, Virginia M. Wright

Art: In the Moment, Will Grunewald

A Thomaston Turnaround?, Malcolm Bedell

Backstrap Bar & Grill, Will Grunewald

Beach Guide, Brian Kevin, Bridget M. Burns, and Jen Hazard

Beaking Out! A Dilettante's Guide to the Fine Feathered World of Maine Birding, Nicholas Lund, Brian Kevin, Maggie Nevens, and Willy Blackmore

Best of Maine 2019, The Editors

Blight Snack, Kathryn Miles

Breaking New Ground, Sara Ann Donnelly

Burnt Out, Jesse Ellison

Cage Fight, Joel Crabtree

Captain Harpswell, Brian Kevin

Charting a New Course, Philip Kiefer

Cold School, Joel Crabtree

Collector's Items, W. G.

Colonial Studies, Joel Crabtree

Cookbook: Bisquey Move, Will Grunewald

Cookies for a Cause, Arielle Greenberg

Dining: Aragosta, Michaela Cavallaro

Dining: Crown Jewel, Kate McCarty

Dining: Eaux, Michaela Cavallaro

Dining: Elda, Joe Ricchio

Dining: Flood's, Kate McCarty

Dining: Flux, Mattie John Bamman

Dining: The Mountain Room, Joe Ricchio

Drinking Buddies, Jesse Ellison

Endless Hosta-bilities, Virginia M. Wright

Endless Vanished Days, Ron Currie

Even Flow, Jamie Lovley

Every Lobster Must Get Stoned, Will Grunewald

Every Maine Lighthouse Ranked, The Editors

Everyone Out of the Pool!, Virginia M. Wright

Fall Off the Radar: An Autumn Ramble Through Western Maine's Backwoods and Back Roads, Benjamin Williamson, photographer

Fancy Feast, Will Grunewald

Farmer, Father, Drummer, Pol, Will Grunewald

Festival of Bites, W. G.

Figure Study, Erin Stewart Brown and Erin Little Photographer

Find Your Maine Lake, Brian Kevin; Kendra Caruso; and Jada Fitch, illustrations

Food and Drink: Pops Art, Will Grunewald