April Events with me!

I’m giving several readings and talks this month–details below. If you’re local I’d love to see you! 

April 8th 6:00 – 8:00pm – URBAN ARTS PLATFORM, Parking Garage Roof at The Northern

Join us on Saturday, April 8th for a night of international and local talent featuring a stunning view of downtown billings atop the Northern Hotel parking garage!

This will be a 2 part event featuring:
-Video art screening by G. Roland Biermann
-Discussion with the artist and Dr. Aaron Rosen (author of Art & Religion in the 21st Century)
-Poetry readings by local poets Pete Tolton, Ashley Warren, and Meagan Lehr, as well as MT Poet Laureate Earl Craig.
-Drinks (for 21+)
-A discussion on the future of cutting edge art in Billings!

Part 2 of the night, located at 2905 Montana ave. will feature all local musicians including:
-Grant Jones
-Golden Hour
-Bull Market
-Snow Bored

April 11th 7:00 – 8:00pm ARTFUL WOMEN OF MONTANA, Community Room, Billings Public Library

Please join Zonta Club of Billings and Billings Public Library for our next event on Tuesday, April 11, 7-8 p.m. when our guests will be Anna Paige and Ashley Warren. 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.

From a desire to connect writers to one another and grow the literary community in Billings, Ashley Warren and Anna Paige created Billings Area Literary Arts (BALA). Active in the writing community, both Ashley and Anna 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.”

Ashley 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 Billing Public Library and teaches youth in the juvenile detention system through the nonprofit organization Free Verse.

Anna is freelance journalist, photographer, and poet. A Montana Slam Grand Champion, Anna 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.

April 26th 5:30 – 7:00pm READINGS FROM POEMS ACROSS THE BIG SKY II, This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway, Billings.  

Poems Across the Big Sky II is a significant collection of Montana poets that came out late in 2016. Lowell Jaeger, the editor, wrote that the collection is an “effort to uncover hidden talent, to combine novice poets and acknowledged poets, to pay homage to Montana’s many voices, many poems.” Billings writers are well-represented. Come to hear your neighbors share their poetry of our place. This House of Books, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. We gratefully acknowledge the effort of Corby Skinner, who wrote the Humanities Montana grant that allows Lowell Jaeger to attend our event.

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Upcoming Workshops

I’ve been collaborating with a lot of great artists lately thanks to the various writing groups and organizations I’ve joined over the last few months. Through these collaborations, I’ve put together a variety of workshops that I’ll be offering in my local community. For ongoing events and workshops check out my new Events page. Here’s a peek at what’s coming up:

 

FEB 23: Channeling the Feminine Divine – A Workshop of Self-Discovery

Tap into your inner goddess and create a connection to the divine in this workshop of self-discovery. Create meaningful change in your daily habits as you learn about feminine archetypes through the Greek Goddesses Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis, and Persephone.

In this course, led by creative writers and spiritual consultants Ashley Warren and Anna Paige, you will be introduced to the strengths of each goddess and how to apply those characteristics to modern life. Using guided meditation and writing exercises, you will connect to your inner goddess and the divine feminine within.

The course includes a special Vintage Apothecary Goddess Oil blend.

LOCATION: Better to Gather Events at 2404 Montana Ave.
DATE: February 23
TIME: 7-8:30PM
COST: $35

What should I bring?: yourself, a pen and a journal.

Click here to register

MAR. 18: Movement as Inspiration 

We often use the term “muscle memory” to refer to motor learning. But beneath these patterns of repetition committed to procedural memory, our bodies hold many stories. We have scars and injuries, birthmarks, tattoos, allergies, and a bad haircut or two. As we write the stories of our bodies, we access opportunities for understanding and healing. Join Ashley Warren and Nia Technique instructor Aimee Carlson for a workshop using both movement and writing exercises to jumpstart the creative process. Participants do not need to have significant movement or writing experience to participate.

Date: Saturday, March 18th
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Sky Studio, 101 Lewis Ave.
Cost: $25
To register: email Ashley Warren at ajoybliss@icloud.com

MAR. 30: My Voice, My Mantra

In an environment of constant information, what words are you using? How is language serving you or holding you back? In this workshop with Anna Paige and Ashley Warren, we will guide you through writing exercise to find your voice. Then together, we will distill these discoveries into a phrase or affirmation that holds meaning for you.

To help you carry this practice into your everyday life, we will create a necklace that will serve as a physical representation of your mantra.

LOCATION: Better To Gather 2404 Montana Ave.
DATE: March 30
TIME: 7-8:30PM
COST: $35

What should I bring? Yourself, a pen and a journal

Click here to register