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 2019, Volume 35, offers insights into island and coastal life through personal profiles and stories, fiction and poetry, and stunning photography and art. This year's edition highlights storm surge, sea level rise, and how coastal communities are mitigating and adapting for our changing climate across different geographic areas.
Volume 20 weaves together variations on the theme of storytelling, with articles on Hollywood’s fanciful depictions of Maine island life and the “real” Sal and Jane who inspired Robert McCloskey’s beloved book characters.
The experience of “going there” is captured in stories about several days at sea aboard a research vessel, a pioneering 1925 expedition to Greenland, a more recent scientific trip to Iceland, and the journeys made by eight new Island Fellows to their remote host communities.