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The Lives of Insects Poetry Workshop (Ages 9-14)

May 11 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Join us for an immersive poetry workshop with Wolastoqiyik writer and artist Mihku Paul. Poetry and art are great pathways to learning about nature. In this workshop, we’ll explore new perspectives on our insect world through fun writing exercises. From direct observations in the garden and time with our entomologist, participants will document insects they encounter, collecting ideas, sketches, and pictures that will then become the basis for writing a poem or prose. Examples and templates will be provided to aid as a jumping-off place. Students will also be introduced to the Indigenous perspective on nature and learn some Passamaquoddy vocabulary as part of the instruction.


Instructor bio:

Mihku Paul is a Wolastoqey writer and visual artist who has spent decades presenting Waponahki curriculum enrichment in Portland Public Schools. She is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and has produced a one-woman mixed media installation at the Abbe Museum. This installation is also shown at USM’s Glickman Library. Her poetry has been published internationally and translated to Spanish and French. Recent work includes Atlantic Vernacular (NB, Canada) and an experimental film short, Putep Qotatokot-te Elwestaq, “The Whale was Speaking.” Mihku lives and works in Portland.



May 11
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$55 – $69
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Bosarge Family Education Center
Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME United States


Mihku Paul