Anna Paige

Resounds: MSU Billings Powwow, Marita Growing Thunder

Mar 26, 2018
Anna Paige

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the MSU Billings Powwow, one of the biggest student-led American Indian events in the Northwest. All Montana’s tribal nations, as well as Native American nations from Wyoming, North Dakota, and Canada will take part.

Students, faculty, and staff join together to help put on this event, and Reno Charette, Director of the Native American Achievement Center at MSU Billings, Brennon Chesarek, intern at the Center, and Ashler Bearcrane, MSUB Intertribal Indian Club President joined YPR in the studio to discuss this annual tradition, which takes place this year on April 6th and 7th on the campus of Montana State University Billings.

Resounds: David Romtvedt, Caitlin Belem Romtvedt

Mar 12, 2018
Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds, Wyoming poet and musician David Romtvedt and his daughter Caitlin Belem Romtvedt discuss the creative process and their influences along the way, including their rich background in Basque music. The two are skilled multi-instrumentalists that have honed their talents at home and abroad.


Resounds: Big Sky Trio

Feb 26, 2018
Anna Paige

Musicians Keller Paulson, Parker Brown, and Erik Olson spend a lot of time together. They’ve played music together in a variety of bands throughout the years they have lived in Billings, and they are all adjunct faculty members at Sheridan College. The three musicians carpool weekly from Billings to Sheridan, Wyoming to teach in the music department.


Resounds: Craig Lancaster, Elisa Lorello

Feb 12, 2018
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Writers Craig Lancaster and Elisa Lorello started their careers on similar paths: both self-published their first novels, which went on to become incredible hits.

The couple met at an industry party in 2011 and became fast friends. Their friendship grew into a long-distance relationship, with both parties crisscrossing the nation—Craig visiting New York, Elisa visiting Montana—until the couple was married and Elisa moved west to join Craig in Billings.


Frank Warren—often referred to as the most trusted stranger in America—has received more than a million secrets in the mail since 2004, when he started PostSecret, a community art project where people anonymously mail him their secrets on a postcard. At times hilarious and heartbreaking, the secrets reflect complex issues of intimacy, stigma, meaning, humor, and desire. 


Resounds: Cinnamon Spear, Bently Spang

Dec 11, 2017
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On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner talk with two members of the Northern Cheyenne Nation. Both Cinnamon Spear and Bently Spang use a variety of media to tell powerful stories of their land and culture.


Resounds: Jamie Ford

Nov 27, 2017
Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner interview author Jamie Ford, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, published in 2009 and subsequently translated into 35 languages. Ford's second novel, Songs of Willow and Frost, was published in 2013, and his latest, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, was published in September. Ford lives in Great Falls with his wife and several children.


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.


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