Fishtrap Fireside starts off the new year on Friday, January 3 with two Wallowa County locals and a very special guest from Union County. Find a seat by the fire and hear readings from Moll McCarty, Ralph Swinehart, plus Eastern Oregon University’s (EOU) Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Nate Lowe. An open mic follows where audience members have a chance to get up to the podium and share their stories too.
Fireside is a free monthly event for Wallowa County writers to read and share their work. More than 80 Wallowa County residents have stepped up to the podium to read their personal stories, poems, essays, and more. “When we launched Fireside back in 2013,” says Program Manager Mike Midlo, “I thought we might run out of local writers to feature but, every year more people attend, read, and become a part of the program. It’s great fun.”
Fishtrap Fireside takes place the first Friday of the month October through April. The community is encouraged to attend these readings, enjoy light refreshments, and hear new work by local writers. November’s Fireside is sponsored by The Bookloft. Firewood provided by Jay Zee Lumber.