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 2018

North By East; Maine Dispatches

North By East; Maine Dispatches

North By East; Maine Dispatches

North By East; Maine Dispatches

North By East; Maine Dispatches

North By East; Midterms; Shadow Campaign, Joel Crabtree

North By East; Music; Bach to the Future

North By East; Music History; Soul Searching, Will Grunewald

North By East; On the Web; Who You Gonna Call?: Maine's YouTube paranormalists ain't afraid of no ghosts, Joel Crabtree

North By East; Pastimes; Having a Blast, Joel Crabtree

North By East; Peak Season; Crowd Control: Someimes you just want to ditch the beaten path. We can help, with our "Go Here, Not There" guide, Virginia M. Wright

North By East; Photography; Senategrams, Benjamin Williamson

North By East; Public Art; Paint the Town

North By East; Public Lands; Finding its Footing: Two years in, after a rocky start, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument has found a clearer path forward- and so have the communities counting on it to drum up business, Catherine Schmitt

North By East; Radio; Another Spin, Will Grunewald

North by East; Reflection; A Steep Hike in Acadia: In Maine's much-loved national park, once an aristocratic enclave, the prospect of a dramatic fee increase resonates a bit louder, Brian Kevin

North By East; Sculpture; Spririt Animals: Richard Allen's wild horses could drag you away, Frances Killea

North By East; Sports; Cutting Class, Michael D. Wilson Photographer and Will Grunewald

North By East; Sports; Meet the Mariners, Will Grunewald

North By East; Television; Who the Hell Stays in a Town Like This?, Jakob Hinrichs Illustrator and Brian Kevin

North By East; The Arts, Where the Wild Things Are?, Will Grunewald and Mark Fleming Photographer

North By East; Theater; Found in Translation

North By East; The Maine Woods; Life's a Beech: The real story behind the simultaneous rise and fall of one of our state's great tree species, Rob Sneddon

North By East; The Urbs; Call it a Comeback? Maine's smallest city has been down but never out, author James Fallows says, Will Grunewald and U.S. National Archives and Records

North By East; Urban Development; Inside the Box: Shipping containers? More like shopping containers, Greta Weber

North By East; Vexillology; Bring Back the Original State Flag!, Will Grunewald

North by East; What's in a Picture, Finn Bradenday

North By East; Winter Roads; Slick Operation, Joel Crabtree

One XC-llent Winter: Maine is a cross-country skier's shangri-la, and this list of our 10 favorite Nordic destinations proves it. From mountain valleys to rolling farmland to island trails with ocean views, there's something for everybody in these 250 miles of trail. (Plus, tips for beginners!), Clark Shepard

Orgone But Not Forgotten, Dan Otis Smith

Our Favortite Martian [Plot], Virginia M. Wright

Room With a View; A Serious Matter, Franklin Burroughs

Room With a View; Good Having You Back, Franklin Burroughs

Room With a View; Judgment Days, Franklin Burroughs

Room With a View; Living Off the Grid, Franklin Burroughs

Room With a View; Ordinary Birds, Franklin Burroughs

Room With a View; Provinicialisms, Franklin Burroughs

Room With a View; The Bottom of the Page, Franklin Burroughs

Room With A View; Up North, Early May, Franklin Burroughs

Route 1 Road Trip, Gwen Keraval Illustrator, Bridget M. Burns, Molly Haley Photographer, Mary Pols, Will Grunewald, Cody Barry Photographer, Benamin Williamson Photographer, Joyce Kryszak, Greta Rybus Photographer, Brian Kevin, Michael D. Wilson Photographer, and Jesse Ellison

Saints & Sinners, Virginia M. Wright and Joanne Arnold Photographer

Sea of the Living Dead, Virginia M. Wright

Sheared Experience: On her farm in Hollis, photographer Nina Fuller makes a near-daily practice out of capturing the serene, enigmatic animals that have unexpectedly taken over her life, Brian Kevin

Stayin' Alive: At Bubba's Sulky Lounge, Est. 1961, kitsch is king, retro is respected, and celebration is sacred. Arielle Greenberg pays tribute to Maine's wildest, most beloved dive, Arielle Greenberg

Summer in Winter, Virginia M. Wright

Sweet, Fleeting Season, Virginia M. Wright and Michael D. Wilson Photographer

Talk of Maine; Gridlocked: Will the state's latest plan for Wiscasset solve a traffic nightmare or ruin a town?, Edgar Allen Beem

The Great Maine Scavenger Hunt 2018: 40 tasks, maybe 2,000 road miles, at least a couple of boats, one unforgettable summer. Are you up for it?, Joel Crabtree, Will Grunewald, Brian Kevin, Frances Killea, Sarah Stebbins, Virginia M. Wright, and Angela Keoghan Illustrator

Tobey's Grocery, South China, Ryan McCaskey and Michael D. Wilson Photographer

Under Our Skin, Brian Kevin and Doug Panton Illustrator