The twenty-first edition of Island Journal considers access—both literal and metaphorical—which is an all-important aspect of Maine’s island and remote coastal communities. There are stories about the battle to preserve Maine fishermen’s access to the shoreline, the wealth of accessible resources found in island libraries, and the bridge to the mainland that Chebeague residents hoped the state would build them back in the 1950s. The center folio of work by Bo Bartlett features the hard-to-reach islands of Matinicus and Wheaton as backdrops for his stunning, large-scale paintings. 


  • Hanging On by Steve Cartwright
  • The Sisterhood of Fishing by Britta-Lena Lasko
  • Heirs of Miss Alice by Cherie Galyean
  • Play Ball by Harry Gratwick
  • Foundation by Christina Marsden Gillis
  • Really Seeing by Susan Hand Shetterby
  • The Destination of Species by David Conover
  • The Tropical Lobster Coast by Colin Woodard
  • Learning Kindness by Karen Roberts Jackson
  • Driving Ashore by Elizabeth Howe
  • Still Point by Carl Little
  • The Bear that Came to Dinner by James Rockefeller, Jr.
  • Flying on Goodwill by Sally Noble
  • Like Nowhere Else We’ve Been by Philip Conkling