One Starfish founder Tia Fechter and her daughter on a visit to the organization’s safe-parking site in Marina, California.
DAVID ROYAL
HOMELESS

Safe Spaces Available for California’s Homeless

Monterey County’s Tia Fechter launched One Starfish to provide overnight parking and social services to people living in their cars. Five years later, more cities across California are offering similar programs.

Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of My Stroke, by David Talbot, Chronicle Books, 176 pages, $22.95
EXCERPT

What It’s Like to Have a Stroke

In this excerpt from his forthcoming book, Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of my Stroke, author David Talbot takes us through his experience.

Russell Chatham, 1939—2019
PUBLISHER'S NOTE

The Inspiration for Alta

Publisher Will Hearst credits the late painter Russell Chatham with helping shape the Western sensibility that inspires Alta. 

Heidi Van Horn describes her new work, Belated Poem, as "an investigation of the interior world: consciousness, memory, the complexities of selfhood."
ALTA ASKS

Talking with Heidi Van Horn

The poet’s book-length work explores our interior lives by mixing words and photographs.

“Cut down on plastics.”
PAUL KALES
CARTOONS

Altatude Winter 2020

Have you heard? Clever is the new funny. And after hours of looking through nearly a thousand cartoon submissions, our editors have selected the most smirk-inducing among them. Take a look. 

YEAR IN REVIEW

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

YEAR IN REVIEW

Alta’s Appreciations 2019

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