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 2019

Maine Gives Back: "It's a Whole Vicious Cycle, and It's Preventable", Willy Blackmore

Maine Gives Back: "Music is Important for All Children", Will Grunewald

Maine Gives Back: "The Woods Were My Refuge", Ron Joseph

Maine Gives Back: "Volunteering is Contagious...", Josh Christie

Maine Homes: A Lilac Ramble, Elizabeth Choi

Maine Homes; Antiques Roadshow, Sarah Stebbins

Maine Homes: Hidden Treasure, Sara Anne Donnelly

Maine Homes; House Tour; Cold Comfort, Meadow Rue Merrill Photographer

Maine Homes: My Space: Culture Trip, Sarah Stebbins

Maine Homes: Rustic and Sleek, Sara Anne Donnelly

Maine-Made Gift Guide, Laura Serino

Maine Street Style, Arielle Greenberg

Maine Street Style: Campus Couture, Arielle Greenberg

Maine Street Style: Confidently Natty, A. G.

Maine Street Style: Easy Does It, Arielle Greenberg

Maker: Tooling Around, Tina Fischer

Material Girls, Michaela Cavallaro

Meet the Worm Wranglers, Virginia M. Wright

Monhegan Light, Benjamin Williamson

My Favorite Place: Dr. Edison Liu, Bar Harbor Shore Path, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place: Jared Golden: The Leeds Countryside, Brian Kevin

My favorite place: Jennifer Rooks, Kettle Cove, Cape Elizabeth, Sarah Stebbins

My Favorite Place: Kara DioGuardi, Hartley Mason Reserve, York, Bridget M. Burns

My Favorite Place: Nell Shipman, Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place: Paul Doiron: Scarborough Marsh, Brian Kevin

My Favorite Place: Piera Gelardi, Funtown Splashtown USA, Saco, Jamie Lovley

My Favorite Place: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head, Southport, Will Grunewald

My Favorite Place: Sam Morse: Sheer Boom Trail, Sugarloaf, Sarah Stebbins

My Favorite Place: Timothy Simmons, Hello Hello Books, Rockland, Will Grunewald

My Favorite Place: Water Cove, Phippsburg, Benjamin Williamson Photographer

My Favorite Place: Yvon Chouinard: Kennebec River, Brian Kevin

My Maine: Stay Calm and Continue to Process as a Regular Return, Charles Oddleifson

My Maine: Uncle Maine, Leath Tonino

My Space: A Touch of the Sacred, Virginia M. Wright

My Space: Full Plate, Sarah Stebbins

My Space: The Writer's Room, Sara Anne Donnelly

Network Connectivity, W. G.

Night Writer, B. K.

Nine on the Line, Jesse Ellison

No Elder an Island, Jesse Ellison

North by East: Art Thieves, Suzanne Rico

North by East: Company Men, Will Grunewald

North by East: Fireside Flip-Throughs, Emmeline Willey

North by East: Saws for a Cause, Will Grunewald

North by East: Say Uncle!, Bridget M. Burns

North by East: Sign Language, Jaed Coffin

North By East; The Maine Woods: Last Stand, Philip Kiefer

North by East: Whole Yacht of Love, Brian Kevin

Nowhere Land, Virginia M. Wright and Michael D. Wilson, photographer

Oceans 7, Will Grunewald and Gabe Souza, photographer