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Chair: Cathleen Miller

Start Date

13-9-2018 11:00 AM

End Date

13-9-2018 12:15 PM

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Mihku Paul

Mihku Paul is a Maliseet writer and artist born and raised in Maine. She grew up on the Penobscot River and received both a traditional Indigenous education and one through the predominantly white public school system. She is the author/creator of a one woman installation at the Abbe Museum, “Look Twice: The Waponaki in Image & Verse.” Mihku holds a B.A. in Human Development and Communication, and is a 2010 graduate of the Stonecoast M.F.A. program in creative writing. She has worked as a cultural consultant in Portland public schools for more than 20 years. She is the author of 20th Century PowWow Playland (poetry). Recent credits include a chapter in Transforming Our Practices, a teaching pedagogy text focused on Indigenous educational paradigms.

Mira M. Ptacin

Mira Ptacin is the author of Poor Your Soul (winner of the 2016 Maine Literary Award and a Kirkus Best Book of 2016). She lives on Peaks Island, Maine, with her family and is working on her forthcoming book, The In-Betweens (Liveright Publishing). To read more of her works, visit

Lee Sharkey

Lee Sharkey is the author of Walking Backwards, Calendars of Fire, A Darker, Sweeter String, and eight other full-length poetry books and chapbooks. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, FIELD, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Nimrod, Pleiades, Seattle Review, and many other literary journals. Her recognitions include the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, the Abraham Sutzkever Centennial Translation Prize, the Maine Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Literary Arts, the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the RHINO Editors’ Prize, and Zone 3’s Rainmaker Award in Poetry. She leads a creative writing workshop for adults recovering from mental illness and serves as Senior Editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal.

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