Anna Paige

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New partnerships expand, enliven poetry slam


The High Plains Grand Slam, a competitive poetry-reading event, just keeps getting bigger and better. This year’s slam, set for Thursday, Oct. 6, at the MoAv Coffee House, 2501 Montana Ave., will be the first one officially registered with Poetry Slam Inc., a nationwide organization, and it will feature a $250 prize for the slam champion. (more…) Continue Reading →

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A fine portrait of arts patron Corby Skinner


Corby Skinner, who has probably done as much to promote the arts and culture as anybody in the history of Billings, is the subject of a justly laudatory article in the new issue of Big Sky Journal. Written by Stella Fong, with photographs by Anna Paige (both of them contributors to Last Best News), the article paints a well-rounded portrait of Skinner. Here’s the gist of it:

“He helped raise the curtains at the landmark Alberta Bair Theater in Billings, gave writers a venue with the Writer’s Voice, and honored authors through the High Plains BookFest and High Plains Book Awards. For his efforts in these various arenas of arts, he received the 2009 Governor’s Humanities Award. These days he is promoting the nascent music venue Tippet Rise in Fishtail, Montana.” Continue Reading →

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More artists following muse down independent road


When I pitched my new novel, “Edward Unspooled,” to the publishing house with which I’ve been in business for five books, I was struck by a profound difference in our focus. I’d followed passion and emotion—that fire to get up every day and dive into the manuscript, maybe the only thing that makes the enterprise bearable. Here it is, I’d said. I wrote my whole heart into this thing. My publisher talked about the numbers. Continue Reading →

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Friday reading kicks off celebration of poetry, Pulitzers


A reading of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning poets on Friday kicks off the All Spring Pulitzer Campfire, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize. Anna Paige, a Billings poetry slam-winning poet who co-hosts Friday night’s event, said the celebration is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Montana. (more…) Continue Reading →

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