Anna has served as a voice for artists, musicians, and the creative class in Montana since her first newspaper gig in 2004. Before Montana laid claim to her heart, Wyoming was her home. Anna’s teen years were as angsty as most—her high school soundtrack contained Riot Grrrl anthems, Beastie Boy rhymes, and the sharp frustration of creating art and music in removed places. She played symphonic music on flute, punk rock on bass, and wrote her way out of the hard times. There was never a time when Anna wasn’t involved in the music scene, first creating, then documenting.
In 2009, after being purged from the newspaper business during the first of what would be many years of layoffs in Billings, Mont., Anna launched her freelance writing company, Pen and Paige. Furious and fascinated by what was then “new media,” Anna built her skill set writing for area magazines, newspapers, and news and entertainment websites while studying the emerging digital media climate and pursuing her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing online from the University of Denver. During this time she also worked in corporate and nonprofit marketing, focused on brand development, digital strategy, and public relations.
Anna continues to write for hire and advocate for the arts by telling the stories of Montana creators, live music experiences, and documenting visual and performing arts on PenandPaige.com. Anna is an instructor in the Big Sky Writing Workshops and frequently speaks about the writing life as it pertains to a digital climate and a social media world.
Active in the Montana slam poetry community, Anna holds the 2013 Montana Slam Grand Champion title, as well as the haunting honor of being the 2011 Walking Dead Poet Slam champ. She has been honored for Best Spoken Word Artist in Billings by the Magic City Music Awards in 2012, 2014, and 2015. She’s performed in several collaborative pieces including a short act in Billings’ Fringe Festival fusing dance, slam poetry and street art.
Anna is also a passionate voice for ex-racing greyhounds, having adopted three of her own over the years.