News, Views, Happiness Pursued

Mainer is the new incarnation of The Bollard, the free monthly news-and-arts magazine founded in 2005 by former Casco Bay Weekly editor Chris Busby. (The full archive of past Bollard content will eventually be transferred to; until then, it’s all available at In May of 2019, Busby launched Mainer in collaboration with writer, filmmaker and podcaster Crash Barry, a longtime Bollard contributor and fellow CBW alum. Together they founded the Mainer News Cooperative, a worker-owned solidarity (multi-stakeholder) cooperative that includes Mainer staff and regular contributors. Read the May 2019 Bollard story for more about the birth of Mainer.

The Mainer News Cooperative’s members are: Busby (Editor-in-Chief), Nathan Galvez (Art Director), and regular contributors Kenneth W. Beek, Bob Bergeron, Katy Finch, Leo Hylton, Samuel James, Phoebe Kolbert, “Tackle Box” Billy Kelley, Jessie Lacey, and Dan Zarin. Other contributors include Will Chapman, Figgy DiBenedetto, Tom Major, Andy O’Brien and Mort Todd. Our Advertising Department is staffed by Capt. Carle Hildreth ( Click here for our 2022 ad rates and publication schedule.

Mainer is supported by its advertisers and its readers, like you, who value independent local journalism. For the cost of a pint of Maine craft beer each month, you can help Mainer publish more content and keep it free for everyone. There’s no paywall or article-limit on, but our digital subscribers get ad-free, expanded PDF versions of every issue and/or copies of the print magazine delivered to their home, as well as other bonus material and schwag. Click here to subscribe today!

Like The Bollard, Mainer specializes in investigative reporting and news analysis that challenge mainstream media narratives, expose injustice, and explore paths to a more equitable, sustainable and peaceful future. Mainer covers arts and cultural happenings statewide and publishes work by and about Maine artists, musicians and makers. We also publish satire, produce local podcasts, stream local music and movies, and more. The free monthly print edition of Mainer is available at over 400 locations in Maine.

For more about Mainer, contact Chris Busby at, or call us at 207-252-8211.

Mainer News Cooperative
P.O. Box 17765
Portland, ME