ABBY PAIGE is a poet, playwright, and performer. Her poems and criticism have appeared in Canada and the U.S. in publications including the The Montreal Review of Books, Arc Poetry Magazine, Room Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Bitch Magazine. Her solo show, Piecework: When We Were French, was commissioned in 2009 for Champlain Quadricentennial in Burlington, Vermont. After its premiere, the show toured throughout New England, and it is now available on DVD.
Born and raised in northern Vermont, Abby began performing stand-up and sketch comedy as an undergraduate. After graduation and a term as a Fulbright Scholar, she joined the award-winning San Francisco comedy collective, Killing My Lobster, as a featured writer and performer. In 2003, she moved home to Vermont to work on a series of film, theatre, and community arts initiatives, including The Voices Project, a documentary theater project about the lives of Vermont teens and its feature film adaptation, Shout It Out! ; the award-winning local comedy series Windy Acres; and multiple productions of the beloved Vermont play, Judevine.
For more than ten years Abby has worked as an independent theatre artist and freelance writer. She 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.
Arc Poetry Magazine #83, Summer 2017. (Poem of the Year Short List)
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.
Poetry Anthologies (selected)
Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, edited by Meaghan Strimas & Priscila Uppal, forthcoming.
Heliotrope: French-Heritage Women Create, edited by Rhea Coté Robbins, Franco-American Women’s Institute, 2016.
The WRUV Reader: A Vermont Writers’ Anthology, edited by Chris Evans, University of Vermont Student Media, 2012.
Other Brief Discourses, above/ground press, 2013.
Essays, Interviews & Features
“Lashing and Balm,” Montreal Review of Books, Issue 55, Spring 2018.
“Pretty Monsters,” The Gynocratic Art Gallery (GAG), January 2017.
“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)
Three poetry titles, Montreal Review of Books, Issue 56, Summer 2018.
“The Back Channels,” by Jennifer Houle, Arc Poetry Magazine, #83, Summer 2017.
Four poetry titles, Montreal Review of Books, Issue 52, Spring 2017.
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.
Five poetry titles, Montreal Review of Books, Issue 39, Fall 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.
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