After graduating from Stephens, Paige Burton-Argo '11 worked for New Boston Creative Group, LLC, an integrated marketing and communications agency in Manhattan, Kansas. Burton-Argo started as a copywriter and eventually worked as director of content development and director of operations. After her first son was born, she worked remotely for NBCG for a year and a half before leaving to stay home full time. She now has two boys and helps in their family-owned businesses, Argo Farms and Argo Land Services. Any spare time the family has is spent on renovating a 100-year-old farmhouse.
Kristine Somerville, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing: What year and issue of Harbinger did you edit?
Paige Burton-Argo: “Fight or Flight” (2010-11)
What did you learn from your experience as a Harbinger editor?
For me, working on Harbinger was the most useful and fulfilling experience of my college years. I gained so much practical experience in editing, writing, marketing and collaborating with the staff and contributing writers. Of course, a large part of what made the experience so valuable was learning the ins and outs of creating a literary magazine from Kris Somerville. She simultaneously trusts the creativity of her students while pushing them to achieve a higher standard, which is why the magazine has been so successful.
What is your current job? What do you love about it? What about it challenges you?
Keeping two tiny humans alive. I love the tiny humans. Keeping them alive — and maintaining my sanity — is the challenge!
What advice would you give to English and Creative Writing majors?
Take any opportunity to hone your skills, even if it seems small or insignificant at the time. You'll be amazed at how in-demand good communicators are in the "real world," so do everything you can to keep your writing skills sharp.
What is your favorite book, movie, and song?
There are too many books and films to name! Same with songs, but I will say that my top two favorite albums are Carole King's Tapestry and Adele's 21.
Please share an inspirational quote from one of your most admired people.
Be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.