California and the West. From arts and culture, to technology and the environment, to food and fashion—what happens here happens everywhere. Alta Journal is a quarterly publication for anyone seeking an insider’s take on this most forward-thinking region.
Each large-format issue (the West demands a wide lens) demystifies the region with provocative essays, cultural commentary, deeply reported investigations, original fiction and poetry, sumptuous photos, topical cartoons, and more. Founded in 2017 by William R. Hearst III, Alta Journal provides an exciting—and much-needed—literary perspective on the West, sparking conversations that are as diverse and vibrant as the place itself.
In this era of rapid change, the award-winning Alta Journal offers an immersive reading experience like no other.
There are many ways to join the Alta Journal community:
Visit our site, altaonline.com, which features the full contents of each quarterly issue and is the hub for online-only content including essays and investigations, book reviews, live events, and videos.
Our acclaimed California Book Club is a monthly virtual gathering devoted to literature from and about the Golden State. The free series is produced by Alta with support from public libraries, literary publications, and independent bookstores. The book club features conversations with notable California writers whose original voices and stories reflect the state’s humanity and diversity.
Join Alta Live every Wednesday. Our free online event series features interviews and conversations about the people, issues, and ideas changing the West.
Stay up-to-date with our email newsletters containing fresh takes on recent developments, book reviews, long-form reads, and event listings, sent right to your in-box.
Talk the talk in the Alta Clubhouse, a forum where readers can engage with the entire Alta community, participate in members-only events, and speak directly with our editors and writers.
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