Anna Paige is a Montana-based arts journalist and co-founder of Young Poets, winner of the 2021 Library of Congress Award for Literacy. Since her first newspaper gig in 2004, Anna has been writing about arts and culture in the West. She has undergraduate degrees in anthropology and journalism from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in arts and culture management with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Denver.
Anna founded Pen and Paige in 2009 to document the arts by telling the stories of Montana creators, music experiences, and recording visual and performing arts. She has resided in Billings for more than a decade, where she teaches poetry in the elementary schools and is the co-host of Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains on Yellowstone Public Radio.
Active in the writing community of Montana, Anna has taught writing and composition at Montana State University Billings, as well as classes through the Big Sky Writing Workshops. In 2016, she co-founded Billings Area Literary Arts, an organization dedicated to building and enhancing literary arts in and around Billings, and in 2019 launched an open mic event for poetry at Kirks’ Grocery. Anna is an active member of Kirks’ Grocery, an arts and community center where she was instrumental in installing the city’s first community refrigerator, stocked weekly with fresh-made foods, open to all regardless of ability to pay.
Anna is also an organizer with the annual Julia Louis-Dreyfest, a multi-venue music, arts, poetry, comedy, and craft festival hosted in downtown Billings, and has organized events for the annual High Plains Book Festival and Awards, celebrating the contemporary literary output of the American West.
An active performer in the Billings 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, 2015, 2016, and 2019. 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, as well as several poetic pieces for Terpsichore Dance Company of Montana.
She is also a passionate advocate for the humane treatment and support of ex-racing greyhounds, having adopted four of her own over the years.
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