Conversations from the Pointed Firs: Poet and activist Mihku Paul

Host Peter Neill talks with poet and activist Mihku Paul about concepts of “wilderness” and her experience growing up as an indigenous native of Maine.

by | June 20, 2021

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Poet and activist Mihku Paul

Editor’s Note: The Maine Monitor is pleased to partner with Peter Neill to bring you a new hour-long interview podcast, “Conversations from the Pointed Firs.” This monthly program is produced in partnership with WERU Community Radio in Blue Hill. 

What is the spirit of Maine? Conversations from the Pointed Firs is a new one-hour interview program with artists and authors attempting to capture the elusive elements of this special place in which we live. Peter Neill of Sedgwick is the host of this new program, and his first guest is Mihku Paul, indigenous native of Maine, poet, educator and activist. They discuss concepts of wilderness, relationship with nature as established by first peoples, and her experience growing up in Maine as expressed through her reading of eloquent personal poems, and thoughts on spirit of place.


Peter Neill

Peter Neill

Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books (, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers around the world. Throughout his career, Mr. Neill has dedicated his expertise to organizations devoted to marine affairs, education, and culture. Peter is also host of World Ocean Radio, weekly 5-minute audio broadcasts that can be heard Wednesdays at 7 a.m. on WERU-FM, 89.9 and wherever you find your favorite podcasts. He lives in Sedgwick with his partner Mary, a visual artist.