Since its debut in 1984, Island Journal, the Island Institute's annual publication, has celebrated Maine's island and coastal communities through stories, art, and poetry about the myriad facets of “islandness” — found not only in Maine, but also on islands around the world.
Island Journal 2017, Volume 33, offers insights into island and coastal life through personal profiles and stories, fiction and poetry, and stunning photography and art. This issue includes the series "Making It Here," where islanders share stories of overcoming the challenges of remoteness, as well as articles on the uniqueness of island golf courses, VHF radios on Matinicus, "light painting" to unite island communities with art, maritime myths, and more.
The 25th-anniversary edition of Island Journal contains a tribute to Andrew Wyeth and an extraordinary folio of his island work, as well as a a folio of Frenchboro paintings by Daud Akhriev, new essays, and a retrospective of articles, poems and photographs.
Mysteries abound in the 2008 Island Journal, from its stunning, fog-bound cover image to “The Missing Rednecks of Washington County,” the “ghosts” of Gotts Island and the true story behind President Roosevelt’s secret “fishing trip” off the coast of Maine in 1941.
Relationships and connections are at the heart of Volume 23 of Island Journal, including those between an artist and his work, among community members on remote Matinicus Island, and the family ties that bind the Islesford Boatworks and the North Haven Oyster Company.