Corby Skinner

Resounds: Arts & Culture On The High Plains Host

Corby Skinner is an independent marketing professional with an enormous capacity for assessing issues and creating positive, effective messages.

His work is evident in all aspects of performing, visual and literary arts. He led the marketing and programming for the Alberta Bair Theater for 18 years, and served as Arts and Humanities Field Coordinator for the National YMCA of the USA for eight years.

Skinner has been the Director of The Writer's Voice since its beginning in 1991. Skinner has coordinated six Big Read programs for the National Endowment for the Arts and 15 consecutive High Plains Book Festivals

Corby Skinner received the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award in 2009, and the Philip N. Fortin Humanitarian Award in 2016.

He joined in the YPR staff as a community programmer co-hosting Resounds: Arts And Culture On The High Plains alongside Anna Paige in spring 2017.

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 of Cara Chamberlain and Bernie Quetchenbach

In the acknowledgements of Cara Chamberlain’s recently published book of poetry, Lament of the Antichrist in a Secular World and Other Poems, she credits her husband Bernie Quetchenbach—who is also a writer—with saving her many embarrassments. Similarly, in Quetchenbach's newly-published book of essays, Accidental Gravity: Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory, he mentions gratitude to Chamberlain for her patience and support and for reading every word of the manuscript—including thousands that are no longer there. 


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.


photo courtesy Wendy and Jason Jam

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner discuss poetry with two Montana Poets Laureate and the creative process behind a 100 day drawing challenge with husband-and-wife artist team Jason and Wendy Jam.


(Courtesy of Billings Symphony, Jeni Fleming)

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner explore music and mentorship with Anne Harrigan, Director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, and Jeni Fleming, a Bozeman-based jazz vocalist and piano instructor.


russellrowland.com, shannray.com

Russell Rowland and Shann Ray are two of Montana’s most prolific contemporary writers. On this episode of Resounds, they talk with Corby Skinner and Anna Paige about the character of place.

photo courtesy Arthouse Cinema and Pub

In downtown Billings, two unique spaces have found new life as venues for the arts. What was once a Greyhound Bus depot is now Pub Station, a live music venue, and the old Center Lanes bowling alley has become the home of Arthouse Cinema and Pub.


Anna Paige

In this first episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, hosts Corby Skinner and Anna Paige focus on the visual mediums of sculpture.