As a poet, writer, photographer, and educator, Anna Paige takes a multidisciplinary approach to the arts. She believes in the importance of collaboration and empowering community voice through writing, and in 2016 co-founded Billings Area Literary Arts, an organization dedicated to building and enhancing literary arts in and around Billings.
Anna has served as a voice for artists, musicians, and the creative class since her first newspaper gig in 2004. Anna spent her angsty teen years in Wyoming. 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.
Active in the writing community, Anna is a member of the faculty at Montana State University Billings, teaches poetry to elementary school students through Arts Without Boundaries, and is an instructor for Big Sky Writing Workshops. She’s a Montana Slam Grand Champion and was named Best Spoken Word Artist by the Magic City Music Awards in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. She’s performed spoken word poetry in several collaborative pieces, including a short act in Billings’ Fringe Festival fusing dance, slam poetry and street art and with Terpsichore Dance Company of Montana. Anna also co-hosts “Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains” on Yellowstone Public Radio.
Anna founded Pen and Paige in 2009 and 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. She is also a passionate voice for ex-racing greyhounds, having adopted four of her own over the years.