Alta Editors

Alta’s Best Podcasts 2019

These six podcasts from 2019 range from an intimate conversation with Vietnam War resister David Harris at his Marin County home to an evening with jazz singer Paula West before a live audience

Alta’s Appreciations 2019

Alta remembers those whose bold ideas, hard work, and relentless enthusiasm helped shape the West.

Alta’s Best Fiction 2019

Fiction came to the pages of Alta this summer. Our debut featured Peter Orner’s “Above Santa Cruz,” a story he included in his collection, Maggie Brown & Others. Our Fall 2019 issue featured “The Gnome,” a new story ...

Alta’s Best Poetry 2019

Works by West Coast poets Katie Peterson, Ishmael Reed, Luis J. Rodriguez, and Tennessee Reed reveal our shared humanity.

Alta’s Biggest Stories of 2019

From the wild horses way up north in Modoc National Forest to the jazz clubs of 1940s Los Angeles, Alta’s biggest stories of 2019 are as eclectic as the coast we love to cover.

Alta Books Editor David Ulin and Editor-at-Large Mary Melton celebrate the launch of "Joan Didion: The 1960s and 70s" in Los Angeles.

Alta Toasts David L. Ulin and His New Book on Joan Didion

Alta’s Los Angeles community raised a glass to Books Editor David L.  Ulin on the publication of Joan Didion: The 1960s and 70s.

Elise Hueffed, as Clara, in a scene from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production features sets and costumes designed by Ian Falconer and runs November 29–December 28, 2019.

Alta Picks the Best of the West for Fall

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker never loses sight of the transformative story at its heart. Not ...

Wild Horses Can’t Stop These Letters to the Editor

In this week's newsletter, we share the passionate—and sometimes heated—response to Alta's cover story. 

William Shakespeare

A Festival, a Quarterly, a Podcast, and a Newsletter

A theater festival, a quarterly publication, a podcast, and a daily newsletter; we've just found your new favorites. 

Hamlin Garland (1860-1940), novelist and author of 40 books on life, adventure and love in the Middle Border country.

Birth of the California Canon

Hamlin Garland was the author of more than 40 books, including A Son of the Middle Border, an autobiographical narrative of easterners moving West. Here are excerpts from a pair of his letters.