Anna Paige

Resounds: Arts & Culture On The High Plains Host

Anna Paige is a poet and educator and co-founder of Billings Area Literary Arts, created from a desire to connect writers to one another and grow the literary community of Billings. 

Anna performs spoken word poetry and strives for collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to her art. Her past collaborations include a piece in the Billings' Fringe Festival and with Terpsichore Dance Company of Montana. Anna is a former Montana Slam Grand Champion and has been named Best Spoken Word Artist at the Magic City Music Awards multiple times. Anna was also a featured TEDx Billings speaker in 2016.

​She joined the YPR staff as  a community programmer co-hosting of Resounds: Arts And Culture On The High Plains alongside Corby Skinner in spring 2017.

courtesy Music Beyond

On this episode of Resounds, co-hosts Corby Skinner and Anna Paige speak with director, producer and filmmaker Jessica Jane Hart, whose recent documentary Makoshioka just made its debut on Montana PBS. Jessica grew up in Billings and has spent the last 10 years working in Germany, New York, Montana and California. Her next project will take her to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to document the work flutist Kaori Fujii is doing with the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra and Music Beyond in central Africa.

 Then, Corby and Anna hear from Yellowstone Repertory Theater founders Dina Brophy, Caitlin Hart, and Craig Huisenga. Since announcing the formation of this new, professional theater company in Billings in February, they’ve acquired nonprofit status and are about to launch their debut season with three plays beginning in November, 2017, and running through June, 2018, including Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, and Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. 

courtesy Neal Ambrose-Smith

Mother and son artists Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith are deeply connected to their heritage. Juane Quick-to-See Smith creates work addressing the myths of her ancestors in the context of current issues facing American Indians, while Neal Ambrose-Smith often mixes tribal imagery and humor with current events and political issue. Both are enrolled Salish, Cree, Shoshone and Metis members from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, in Montana. 

Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner focus on music as they interview musicians and educators John Roberts and Angella Ahn and award-winning composer Eric Funk.


Gary Furguson, John Clayton

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner sit down with prolific Montana authors Gary Ferguson and John Clayton


Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner look at DIY culture in Billings and a new art exhibit featuring fresh and unusual takes on some iconic superhero imagery.


Anna Paige

Poets Dave Caserio and Martin Farawell have been bouncing ideas off one-another since the 1980s, when they were in the graduate writing program at NYU. 

Over the years, they’ve remained friends, poetic confidants, and muses for one another. Caserio now lives in Billings, and Farawell in Pennsylvania with his wife Cheryl Solimini

courtesy Aaron Parrett

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner talk with two enterprising Montanans who both have an ear for music and a heart with a mission.


Courtesy of Laura Pritchett and Caroline Patterson

This episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains features two successful contemporary women writers with a passion for telling fascinating stories of the people and places of American West: Laura Pritchett and Caroline Patterson


courtesy Neltje

The artist known as Neltje was born Neltje Doubleday, daughter of Nelson Doubleday of Doubleday Publishing. Neltje's recent memoir, North of Crazy, is a passionate, compelling, and frank chronicling of an extraordinary life, from her parents' alcoholism and near-abandonment in childhood to finding peace as an abstract expressionist painter living and working in northern Wyoming.


courtesy Richard Ford, Ted Waddell

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, Corby Skinner speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford about his new memoir Between Them. Following that, Corby talks with painter and sculptor Ted Waddell about the new book Theodore Waddell: My Montana, which recounts his 50 year career.


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