Portland Monthly was founded in 1985 by Colin and Nancy Sargent. The monthly magazine has won numerous awards for its design. Their web site’s “about us” page provides the following description:

“Portland Magazine celebrates the region’s native appeal with award-winning columns on the waterfront; profiles of the region’s business and people; and features on the area’s arts, getaways, maritime history, geography, and cuisine.”

Portland Public Library’s collection of Portland Monthly is complete, and begins with the first issue, October 1985. The hard copies are available in the Portland Room.


Submissions from 2015

Sticking to the Art, Staff & wire reports

Things you must do this summer or else., Staff & wire reports

Rolling admissions, Gwen Thompson

Shelf Life, Lewis Turco

Destination anywhere, Michelle Twomey

Back to the Future, Patrick Venne

Submissions from 2014

Blind Date, Ellen Baker

Dream Islands, Michael Barry

Return of the Bookshop Around the Corner, Jim Baumer

Wild Plums, Joan Connor

Maine to Go, Claire Z. Cramer

Posh Spice, Claire Z. Cramer

Being Brad Kenney, Claire Z. Cramer

Flash Cafes, Claire Z. Cramer

Lily King, Euphoric, Claire Z. Cramer

Live Wire, Claire Z. Cramer

My One & Uni, Claire Z. Cramer

New Old Port, Claire Z. Cramer

Taking Flight, Claire Z. Cramer

Taking his Best Shot, Claire Z. Cramer

Under Exposed, Claire Z. Cramer

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, Dan Domench

The W.E.B. DuBois Files, Leigh Donaldson

The Craft of Art Beer, Jeanee Dudley

Athens in the Wilderness, Brad Emerson

A Streetcar Named Narcissus, Patricia Erikson

7 Nights in the City, Olivia Gunn

The Perils of Long-Term Care, Michael Kimball

Pizza Diplomacy, Kevin Leduc

Lads o' the Lake … A Creative Diary, Trevor Lewington

The Maine 100, Evan Livada

Star Map of North Haven Island, Deana Lorenzo

Ready for Takeoff, Portland Monthly

Alda Ego, Diane Russell

Guns & Lobsters, Colin S. Sargent

Area 207, Colin S. Sargent

Musket Mythology, Colin S. Sargent

Portland Pentimento, Colin S. Sargent

Big Banned Music, Colin W. Sargent

Cape Seascape, Colin W. Sargent

Edgeless in Vacationland, Colin W. Sargent

Harbor Watch., Colin W. Sargent

Indie Anna, Colin W. Sargent

Romance of the Italian U-Boat, Colin W. Sargent

Sara Style, Colin W. Sargent

Sign of the Times, Colin W. Sargent

Whatever Happened to Barbara DiNinno?, Colin W. Sargent

You're the Top, Colin W. Sargent

A Tale of Two Paintings, Colin W. Sargent

A View with a View, Colin W. Sargent

Hidden Gem, Colin W. Sargent

Lobster Mania, Colin W. Sargent

Made in the Shade, Colin W. Sargent

New Harmony in K'Port, Colin W. Sargent

Papa's Three AMEgos!, Colin W. Sargent

That House, Colin W. Sargent

The Zombie Diaries, Colin W. Sargent

Underwood Springboard, Colin W. Sargent

Witch Way Revisited, Colin W. Sargent

Zom Rom Com, Colin W. Sargent

Ten Most Intriguing, Portland Monthly Staff

Mémoire des Mémoires, John Taylor

Voice of America, Gwen Thompson

FitzWonderful, Staff &. Wire reports

Submissions from 2013

Meeting Minerva's Messenger., Devyani Borade

Echo Lake., John Cariani

Amore Locavore., Claire Z. Cramer

Bragging Rights., Claire Z. Cramer

Chef Salad., Claire Z. Cramer

Coyote Gorgeous., Claire Z. Cramer

Douglas Kennedy In Transit, Claire Z. Cramer

Feast of the 7 Fishes (& Other Holiday Tales), Claire Z. Cramer

“Hungry Eye” piece on farmed salmon. , Claire Z. Cramer

“Hungry Eye” piece on the paucity of Franco-American restaurants in Maine., Claire Z. Cramer

Moveable Beasts., Claire Z. Cramer

Profile of Gunnar Hansen, Claire Z. Cramer

Profile of the Tardy Boys., Claire Z. Cramer

Reunited., Claire Z. Cramer

Small World., Claire Z. Cramer

Strangers in a Strange Land., Claire Z. Cramer

Supply-side Gastronomics., Claire Z. Cramer

The Secret Sharer., Claire Z. Cramer

Avant Garde., Nancy Davidson

“Clearing Millinocket.”, Lucia Davies

Man on Fire., Bernard Decré

Clearing Out., Christopher Black Deering

Brunswick high school senior Paul Kousky’s film production, Jeanee Dudley

Downton Party., Brad Emerson

La Selva, the Bar Harbor retreat of socialite Madeleine Astor , Brad Emerson

Piece about a Walter Gropius-designed house in Brooklin, Brad Emerson

Who Wore It Best?, Brad Emerson

"North.", Hailey Gutwin

“Zeitgeist” piece about the Portland of the near future, James V. Horrigan

Art of the Meal. , Diane Hudson

Piccolo Delizioso!, Diane Hudson

Restaurant review of Fuel, which serves gourmet French cuisine in Lewiston., Diane Hudson

Restaurant review of Luis’s Arepara & Grill, Diane Hudson

Review of Enio’s Eatery in South Portland., Diane Hudson

Review of JP’s Bistro on Woodford Street in Portland., Diane Hudson

Fish & Ships., Diane. Hudson