Stefan Milne is the arts and culture editor for Seattle Met. He’s a Washington native and earned an M.A. in English from Central Washington University. He’s published journalism, fiction, and poetry in Gargoyle Magazine, The Stranger, and others. You can likely find him reading or cooking vegetables from his garden.

2020 Capsules

Budtenders Were Essential Workers This Year, Too

James Fields describes what it was like to manage Shoreline’s Dockside Cannabis in 2020.

12/22/2020 By Stefan Milne

Ecology Omen

How Does Frank Herbert's Dune Reflect the Northwest?

The book’s huge influence can make you forget its local legacy.

12/16/2020 By Stefan Milne

Snow Tracks

14 Very Seattle Holiday Songs and Albums

From Bing Crosby's 1945 classic to a new Tomo Nakayama track.

12/15/2020 By Stefan Milne

Buy the Book

A Guide to Seattle’s Independent Bookstores

Where to buy literature in a City of Literature.

12/11/2020 By Stefan Milne

Imposter Syndrome

How Among Us Became an Unlikely Mirror for 2020

In the year of QAnon and rampant disinformation, the video game from a Redmond studio went viral, reflected our weird year, and succumbed to subterfuge itself.

12/09/2020 By Stefan Milne

Book Review

Ijeoma Oluo's Mediocre Unpacks White Male Supremacy

The writer’s follow-up to 'So You Want to Talk About Race' weaves troubled history into current events.

11/30/2020 By Stefan Milne

Review

HBO’s The Mystery of D.B. Cooper Succumbs to America's Hijacker Obsession

In 1971, Cooper jumped from a plane, likely over Washington, with $200,000 and has never been found—but people keep trying.

11/25/2020 By Stefan Milne

Ear Buds

Why Do Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Have a Podcast Together?

The six-episode 'Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions' launched this week.

11/20/2020 By Stefan Milne

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Re-Bar and the Crocodile Are Moving, and That’s Fine

Neither building is the Showbox, people.

11/17/2020 By Stefan Milne

Better Living Through Poetry

In DMZ Colony, Don Mee Choi Defies Borders

The local writer’s third collection won a National Book Award.

11/17/2020 By Stefan Milne

Feature

Will Northwest Seaweed Farming Finally Take Off?

The potential is vast—for the environment, for nutrition, for Indigenous food sovereignty.

11/16/2020 By Stefan Milne

Review

Emerald Street Examines Seattle's Gem of a Hip-Hop Scene

Daudi Abe's new history book details our local hip-hop culture's identity: intelligent, idiosyncratic, progressive.

11/11/2020 By Stefan Milne

Fight or Flight

Washington Googles Moving to Canada More Than Any Other State

Republican presidential wins cause huge interest in immigration. Do we actually go?

11/02/2020 By Stefan Milne

On View

Seattle, Go See Some Art This November

So many new shows. Museum of Museums! National Nordic Museum! Wa Na Wari! SAM! MadArt!

10/30/2020 By Stefan Milne

Day Tripper

How to Hunt for Chanterelles Near Seattle

It’s easy. But if you poison yourself, I’m not responsible.

10/27/2020 By Stefan Milne

Masks on Masks on Masks

You Can Probably Have Your Block “Closed” for Trick or Treating

Seattle announced Trick or Street Blocks.

10/23/2020 By Stefan Milne

Lit Fall

Jess Walter's The Cold Millions Is a Rich, Expansive Page-Turner

The Washington author's latest dives into a row between organized labor and police in 1909 Spokane.

10/22/2020 By Stefan Milne

Hear Here

Months After Sounding the Alarm, Local Music Venues Have a New Strategy

Keep Music Live is an attempt for venues to stay around after they’ve stayed closed.

10/21/2020 By Stefan Milne

Photo Essay

SoDo's Duwamish River Is Visibly Healing

Labeled one of the most toxic sites in the U.S., two decades of clean-up have the river doing better.

10/21/2020 Photography by David Ryder By Stefan Milne

Pivots & Pirouettes

PNB Returns with a Season of Socially Distant Ballet

Choreographer Jessica Lang designed a dance for the moment.

10/15/2020 By Stefan Milne