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.

Resounds: Babcock Theater

Dec 11, 2018
Brittany Stevens

On this episode of Resounds, hosts Corby Skinner and Anna Paige discuss the history of the Babcock Theater and its bright future with Matt Blakslee, executive director of Art House Billings, who recently inked a deal with the city of Billings to lease the property under the nonprofit Art House Cinema, and Kim Olsen of 02 Architects, one of four owners of the Babcock building who formed the Babcock LLC and entered into an agreement with the city of Billings to purchase and restore the building and—after a negotiated period of time and a punch list of accomplishments—transfer ownership of the theater to the city.


courtesy Richard Ford

The American novelist and short story writer Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944. He has published eight novels including Independence Day, The Sportswriter, The Lay of the Land and the New York Times bestseller, Canada, which was finalist for the High Plains Book Award for fiction. His four collections of short stories include the wildly popular "Rock Springs," which has been anthologized in numerous publications. 


Anna Paige

The award-winning film The Miseducation of Cameron Post is based on the novel of the same name by former Miles City Montana resident Emily Danforth. The film takes place at a conversion therapy camp for gay youth.


Anna Paige

Billings artist Louis Habeck graduated from The University of Montana in 2011 receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in photography; however, his body of work demonstrates his abilities as an interdisciplinary artist. In 2015 Louis was selected for an Artist’s Innovation Award from the Montana Arts Council. He has also given multiple lectures and demos for classes at various colleges, conferences, and art institutions across Montana and Wyoming. 

courtesy Danell Jones and Tim Lehman

On this episode of Resounds, Corby and Anna sit down with Billings authors Danell Jones and Tim Lehman to hear about their latest books. 

courtesy Pete Tolton and Stan Parker

The center to any good story is the people in it. A film being produced by Stan Parker and Peter Tolton, focuses on the father-son duo of Jim Markel, Sr., and Jim Markel, Jr., as they travel through Vietnam to re-visit the places Jim Sr. was stationed during the Vietnam War.

As filmmakers, Parker and Tolton believe in the power of story to spread empathy and understanding. By giving audiences the chance to step outside their lives for even a moment, film presents opportunities for fresh perspective, thoughtful reflection, and personal discovery.

Through screenings in the community and the conversation to follow, this film will enrich viewers with a stronger understanding of the veteran experience and encourage dialogue among families and friends. This is strengthening communities with art that matters.


Anna Paige

For nearly thirty years, Billings-based artist Gordon McConnell has created works derived from Western film stills and informed by his sustained study of the history of the American West and its representations in literature, art, film, and photography.

When the West Was Won: Recent Paintings by Gordon McConnell  is a new exhibition at the Northcutt Steele Gallery, on the campus of Montana State University Billings, which runs from September 5 to October 11.


Anna Paige

Creative people are always looking for the right venue to show or produce their work. Aaron Rosen, Sherri Cornett, and Jane Deschner may live in Billings, but their work is seen in galleries across the U.S.


The Yellowstone Art Museum, located on North 27th Street in the heart of downtown Billings, exhibits, interprets, collects, and preserves art, with an emphasis on Montana and surrounding regions, for the enrichment, education, inspiration, and enjoyment of all.  In March 2018, Bryan Knicely replaced longtime YAM director Robyn Peterson, who left in December 2017. Knicely recently served as the executive director of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, in Southwest Indiana. Under his leadership, the museum earned its re-accreditation in 2017. Knicely brought world-class exhibitions from national and international artists to Evansville. 

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. 


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