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.

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“Something Holy to Say,” a solo show of Gregory Wilhelmi will be on display for the month of July at Coila Evans Gallery, 119 Main St. in Roundup. In this exhibition, Wilhelmi explores "a world of spirituality obscured, faith smudged, and the struggle to walk again in light," according to the artist's statement.

Wilhelmi lives south of Roundup on Halfbreed Creek with his wife and business partner, Cheryl, in a historic log cabin, circa 1893, with a studio on the property. This show is the most personal he's ever done, described gallery owner Coila Evans, and features images culled from his life in Roundup, as well as works spanning his career as an artist. 


courtesy Joe Wilkins

Poet and memoirist Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is a powerful story of land, family, wolves, violence, and liberty. The novel highlights both the struggle and the care Joe knew growing up in the rural West. 


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Songwriters from across the country come together June 20-22 for the 4th Annual Red Lodge Songwriter Festival. The event brings and fans of great songwriting and musicians from Montana as well as across the U.S. and Canada to Red Lodge each summer.


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Donna Forbes and Gordon McConnell have an artful friendship. The two worked together at the Yellowstone Art Museum in the 1980s (then known as the Yellowstone Art Center) and played a major role in growing the facility into Montana’s largest contemporary art museum. Both played a major role in acquisitions of contemporary and modern art from Montana and identifying significant artists working at the time.


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Wes Urbaniak is part of Montana’s ever-evolving folk music community. His distinctive “mountain folk” is defined by uniquely built instruments, which Urbaniak creates by hand. He has an evolving cast of bandmates who perform his original music for a dynamic and string-driven sound. In this episode of Resounds, Urbaniak is joined in the studio by ukulele player Matt Regal and bassist David Banuelos.

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The mission of the Western Heritage Center is telling the stories of the peoples of the Yellowstone River Valley and the Northern Plains. Kevin Kooistra, Executive Director, and Lauren Hunley, Community Historian, join us to discuss current exhibitions at the Center.

Incorporated in 1971, the Western Heritage Center began as a community center displaying a private collection of western artifacts in the historic library building. The Center has added outreach programs and walking tours, changing interactive exhibits, a collection of 35,000 historic artifacts and photographs, nine traveling exhibits, and over 400 oral histories.  


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Jeni Fleming and Philip Aaberg are accomplished Montana musicians from diverse backgrounds who have recently collaborated on a new project—presenting reimagined popular music.

After seven albums and many cross-country tours, Jeni Fleming is fast becoming one of the west’s most sought-after musicians, bringing breathtaking originality to some of the best music of the American songbook

Grammy and Emmy nominated composer Philip Aaberg of Chester, Montana, is known worldwide for his compositions that evoke the spaciousness and beauty of the Western landscape. 


courtesy Gavin Woltjer

Located in downtown Billings, Montana, the Billings Public Library strives to be a place of exploration, education, and inclusiveness that provides entertainment, research resources, music, computer technology, digitization services, and educational opportunities for our community.

Library Director Gavin Woltjer joined Resounds in the studio to talk about the 5th year anniversary of the library and a preview of what he sees as the future for the institution.


Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds, co-hosts Anna Paige and Corby Skinner sit down with Yellowstone Art Museum Executive Director Bryan Knicely to discuss the 51st annual Art Auction. Then, Corby and Anna welcome Ignacio Barrón Viela to the region as the new Executive Director of the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale.


Anna Paige

On this episode of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains, co-hosts Corby Skinner and Anna Paige talk with artist Jennifer Eli French, whose mixed-media installation "This Vibrant, Tarnished World" is a response to the themes of nostalgia and longing in Station Eleven, a dystopian novel by Emily St. John Mendel. Station Eleven is a part of the National Endowment for the Arts The Big Read Program


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