ABBY PAIGE is a poet, playwright, and performer. Her poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Canada and the U.S. As a performer she has appeared in numerous stage, television, and radio productions. Her solo show, Piecework: When We Were French, which explores the legacy of French-Canadian immigration to New England, is available on DVD.
Born and raised in northern Vermont, Abby began performing stand-up and sketch comedy as an undergraduate at Vassar College. After graduation and a term as a Fulbright Scholar, she joined the award-winning San Francisco comedy collective, Killing My Lobster, and spent five years with the group as a featured writer and performer.
In 2003 she moved home to Vermont to work on The Voices Project, a documentary theater project about the lives of Vermont teens that she co-wrote and co-directed with filmmaker Bess O’Brien. The show toured statewide in 2005 and received the Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretary’s Community Award for extraordinary contribution to the health and well-being of Vermonters. It has since been adapted into a feature film, Shout It Out!, for which Abby co-wrote the screenplay.
Since then, she has worked as an independent artist and freelance writer. Her poems and criticism have appeared in Canada and the U.S. in publications including the The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Montreal Review of Books, Bitch Magazine, Hunger Mountain Review, Arc, and Structo. Her solo show, Piecework: When We Were French, was commissioned in 2009 for Champlain Quadricentennial in Burlington. After its premiere the show toured throughout New England, and it is now available on DVD.
Abby received her BA from Vassar College and her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She immigrated to Canada in 2008 and currently lives in New Brunswick.
Other Brief Discourses, above/ground press, 2013.
Inspired, Inspiring: French Heritage Women Create, edited by Rhea Coté Robbins, Franco-American Women’s Institute, forthcoming.
The WRUV Reader: A Vermont Writers’ Anthology, edited by Chris Evans, University of Vermont Student Media, 2012.
Room Magazine, Issue 36.4, 2013.
Ottawater, Issue 9, 2013.
Structo Magazine, Issue 8, Summer & Autumn 2012.
Arc Poetry Magazine #67, Winter 2012.
Bywords Quarterly Journal, V.9, No. 4, Winter 2011.
Bywords.ca, December 2011.
Inertia, Issue X, Winter 2011.
Spiral Orb, Issue 2, Fall 2010.
Saranac Review, Issue 6, 2010.
carte blanche, Issue 11, Summer 2010.
Hunger Mountain Review, Winter 2008-2009.
Essays, Interviews & Features
“On the Invention of Language,” Ottawa Poetry Newsletter, September 2013.
“The Thing Itself,” Montreal Review of Books, Issue 41, Summer 2013.
“Mining Moments of Purposeful Dislocation,” Montreal Review of Books, Issue 40, Spring 2013.
“Polaroid Poet,” Montreal Review of Books, Issue 34, Spring 2011.
“Laugh Trap,” Bitch Magazine, Issue 41, Fall 2008.
Book Reviews (selected)
hook, by nancy viva davis halifax, Arc Poetry Magazine, #80, Summer 2016.
Five poetry titles, Montreal Review of Books, Issue 49, Spring 2016.
We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People, by Dao Strom, Los Angeles Review of Books, December 1, 2015.
The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson, Los Angeles Review of Books, April 26, 2015.
Tragedy in the Commons, by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, New Canadian Media, July 2014.
Park Songs, by David Budbill, The Bakery, December 2012.
Five poetry titles, Montreal Review of Books, Issue 39, Fall 2012.
The Material Sublime, by Carleton Wilson, Arc Poetry Magazine (on-line), July 2012.
Winter Cranes, By Chris Bank, Arc Poetry Magazine #68, Summer 2012.
Five poetry titles, Montreal Review of Books, Issue 37, Spring 2012.
The Obituary, by Gail Scott, Rover, January 10, 2011.
The Stream Exposed with All its Stones: Collected Poems, by D.G. Jones, Rover, November 7, 2010.
For and Against, by Sharon McCartney, Rover, June 27, 2010.
R’s Boat, by Lisa Robertson, Rover, May 3, 2010.
O Resplandor, by Erín Moure, Rover, March 29, 2010.
Joy Is So Exhausting, by Susan Holbrook, Rover, December 14, 2009.
For more information about Abby and her work, get in touch by email: positive_abbytude[at]yahoo[dot]com