Island Journal (1984-present) The Maine Island Institute's annual publication of island life has been its keynote publication since 1984, when the first issue arrived in members' mailboxes and was available for purchase. Since then, it has become perhaps the most valued benefit of Island Institute membership, with its stories, poetry, photographs and articles about the myriad facets of "islandness" found here inot only here in Maine but also on islands around the world.


Submissions from 2023

A Vinalhaven Photo Album, Sheri Romer Brock, Photographer

Doing Door-to-Door Advocacy for Water, Casey Groening

Fisheries From 1973 to 2023: How We Got Here, Robin Alden

Friendship's Pam Cabanas Renders 'Abrasive Truths', Pam Cabanas

How Far Can a Fish Run?, Jack Sullivan

Island Bound -- A Home Away, Yet Not Away, Abigail Trafford

Island Enlightenment in a Glass, Phil Crossman

Island Institute at 40: Community Authenticity Remains Our Focus, Tom Groening

The Ebb and Flow of Maine's Three-Port Strategy, Clarke Canfield

The Legacy of Islesboro's Charles Dana Gibson, Carl Little

Upcycling, Island Style, Tina Cohen

What We Saw Touring the Gulf of Maine Shore, Natalie Springuel and Rich MacDonald

Submissions from 2022

A Century Ago, Children Were Seafood Processors, Rebecca Pritchard

Ask an Islander: Monhegan's Tara Hire: Be Creative, Work Hard, Tom Groening

Climate Activism's Next Generation: At 19, Riley Stevenson Has Already Built Working Organizations, Amy Rawn

Fiction: On a Following Sea, David K. Shipler

Fifty Years of Cleaner Waters, Frances Mize

Folio: 'In Conversation' with Mother, Daughter Painters: Martha, Kaitlyn Miller Inspired by Islesford, Lisa Mossel

My Downeast Adventure Has a Surprise Ending, Mark Macey

Objectively Caring for Her Community: Chebeague's Susan Stranahan Drops Reporter Notebook for Activism, Tom Groening

On the Runway and the Gangplank: Former Miss Maine Bridges Two Disparate Walks of Life, Jack Sullivan

The Illustrator's Island: Peaks Island is Sanctuary for Narrative Art, Carl Little

The Long Journey from Boat to Plate: A Complex Supply Chain, Heavy on Infrastructure, Delivers Lobster, Laurie Schreiber

The Rest of the Story: 'Mornings on Maple Street': Tracing the Lives of of Those Child Laborers, Rebecca Pritchard

The 'Undeclared War' on the Reviled Cormorant, Dana Wilde

The Working Waterfront Wars: Condos on a Portland Pier Was the Shot Heard Along the Coast, Tom Groening

What We Mean When We Say 'From Away': That Proud Inferiority as Expressed in Maine Literature, Dana Wilde

When the Irish Invaded Canada: Fenian Brotherhood, with Members from Vinalhaven, Planned to Seize Campobello, Christopher Klein

Submissions from 2021

"All Eyes on the Chesapeake" : Estuary's Recovery Faces Political and Legal Challenges, Jeremy Cox

An Island Funeral : An Archipelagic Community Whose Members Join in Mourning, Christina M. Gillis

An Island Helmsman: Islesboro's Gabe Pendleton Gets to Work, For His Neighbors and Planet, Jack Sullivan

An Old Salt, An Old Way of Life: Pulling a Living From the Cold, Unforgiving Sea, Jon Keller and Leslie Bowman, illustrator

Boosting Our Small Businesses, Stephanie Bouchard

Building Boats in the Heart of Maine's Boating Waters, Laurie Schreiber

Changing Fisheries on Narragansett Bay: Cleaner Waters, but Fishing Culture and Fish Species in Flux, Ari Snider

Chesapeake Oysters, Once on the Brink, Are Here To Stay, Jeremy Cox

Etching the View from the Water's Edge: Printmaker Michele O'Keefe Creates Images of Boat, Sea, and Sky, Michele O'Keefe

From the Helm: A Leader for Changing Times, Emily Lane

Gritty, Relentless, and "Pretty Rugged": Ali Farrell's Book Captures Women Working in the Lobster Fishery, Island Journal Staff writers

Henri, Bellows, and Luks: The Ashcan School in Maine, Carl Little

Island Gallery Owner is Buyer, Artist Matchmaker: Elaine Crossman Marks 20 Years With New Era Gallery on Vinalhaven, Tom Groening

Louis Wellington Cabot -- An Example for the Ages, Philip Conkling

Penobscot Bay: Churning Waters, Changing Tide, Tom Groening

Recipe, Susan Deborah King

Sarah Brake: An Island's Human Resource, Casey Engelman

So What, Janet Mills and Jamie Wyeth

The Island's Star: Vinalhaven Carries Robert Indiana's Artistic Legacy Forward, Phil Crossman

The Misunderstood Shark: Several Species of This Ancient Creature Make Their Home in the Gulf of Maine, Dana Wilde

The Unique Environment of Island Forests, Catherine Schmitt

Submissions from 2020

Alchemy of the Night Sky, Jim Nickelson