Producer: Trisha Badger
Music by Casey Neill
Conversations from the Pointed Firs is a monthly audio series with Maine-connected authors and artists discussing new books and creative projects that invoke the spirit of Maine, its history, its ecology, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.
In this month’s edition of Conversations from the Pointed Firs, host Peter Neill and archivist Jefferson Navicky discuss the long history of women writers in Maine, their work well-known and sometimes forgotten, representing an essential contribution and expression of the unique place and creative spirit of Maine.
Jefferson is a former member of the editorial board of The Cafe Review, and is a long-time Poetry Out Loud judge throughout Maine. Jefferson is an author and a playwright; he has written three books: “Antique Densities: Modern Parables & Other Experiments in Short Prose” (2021), winner of the 2022 Maine Literary Book Award for Poetry, as well as the poetic novel “The Book of Transparencies” (2018) and the story collection, “The Paper Coast” (2018). His plays have been produced in the Boston Theater Marathon, multiple times in the Maine Playwrights Festival, and in small venues across New England. His ten-minute play, “One Master Appetite,” was included in Ten Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2015, published by Smith & Kraus, Inc. Jefferson has held residencies at the I-Park Foundation, Stonington Opera House, St. Luke’s Cathedral, and Hewnoaks.
Jefferson Navicky, Author, poet, playwright, and archivist for the Maine Women Writers Collection.
About the host:
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, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.