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Anna Paige and Ashley Warren

Anna Paige and Ashley Warren, co-founders of Billings Area Literary Arts, will be the guest speakers at the next Artful Women of Montana event April 11.

Zonta Club of Billings and Billings Public Library are hosting Artful Women of Montana on Tuesday, April 11, 7-8 p.m. featuring Anna Paige and Ashley Warren.

From a desire to connect writers to each other and grow the literary community in Billings, Warren and Paige created Billings Area Literary Arts.

Active in the writing community, both Warren and Paige are faculty at Montana State University Billings, poetry teachers with Arts Without Boundaries, and instructors for Big Sky Writing Workshops. Through BALA, they host bi-monthly write-ins where they invite the community to "occupy space in form of creation."

Warren writes fiction and poetry. She’s a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program, and her work has appeared in The Examined Life, Easy Street, and in the anthology "Poems Across the Big Sky II" among other places.

She was recently an Artist-in-Residence with the Billings Public Library and teaches youth in the juvenile detention system through the nonprofit organization Free Verse.

Paige is a freelance journalist, photographer and poet. A Montana Slam Grand Champion, Paige has also been named Best Spoken Word Artist by the Magic City Music Awards in 2012 and 2014 - 2016.

She’s performed spoken word poetry in several collaborative pieces, including a short act in Billings’ Fringe Festival and with Terpsichore Dance Company of Montana. She also co-hosts "Resounds: Arts and Culture on the High Plains” on Yellowstone Public Radio.

In this Artful Women of Montana talk, they will be discussing a multi-disciplinary approach to the arts, the importance of collaboration, and empowering community voice through writing.

All Artful Women of Montana events are held in the Community Room of the library.

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