Fishtrap Fireside goes virtual as it returns for its 8th season of readings from Wallowa County writers on Friday, October 2nd. Featuring readings from Mary Emerick, Cameron Scott, and Fishtrap founder, Rich Wandschneider, Fireside will stream live on fishtrap.org and YouTube at 7pm Pacific Time. A recording of the event will also be available on these platforms as well as on Facebook.
Fishtrap Fireside is a local monthly reading series designed to feature diverse voices of local writers. Since the program launched in 2013, more than 80 Wallowa County writers have stepped up to the podium to share their work. Audiences have enjoyed a variety of genres including cowboy poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, memoir, sci-fi fantasy, humor, essay, travelogue, food stories, and more. Each month offers a fresh look at what people of the west are thinking about and writing down.
“Fireside is one of our most popular programs.” says Fishtrap Program Director, Mike Midlo, “People come to listen to their friends and neighbors share their work, and now by streaming the program on our website, even more people can hear what Wallowa County writers have to offer.”
More on October’s featured readers.
Mary Emerick writes memoir and fiction from a log cabin in the mountains. Her third book, a memoir of kayaking in Alaska, will be published in spring 2021. Her best ideas come from long distance hiking such as completing the entire Pacific Crest Trail. Her website with descriptions of her books and blog is located at maryemerick.com.
Born in Colorado, Cameron Scott has knocked around the dusty and not so dusty west, holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona and an MAT through Eastern Oregon University. He currently works as a fly-fishing guide for Minam Store in the summers and teaches 7th-12th grade English Language Arts at a small High School in Eastern Oregon. His lyrical essays and poems have appeared in magazines, journals and periodicals, and in 2016 he was awarded The Blue Light Book Award for his second book of poetry, The Book of Cold Mountain. He has gratefully received residencies over the years through Colorado Art Ranch, Chiloquin Visions in Progress, Playa, Pentaculum and Fishtrap. If you have leftovers, he will eat them. Read more at www.writerfish.com
After a five-year stint in the Peace Corps, Rich Wandschneider came to Wallowa Country in 1971, as a community development agent with the OSU Extension Service. In 1976, he opened the Bookloft bookstore in Enterprise and in 1988, with help from historian Alvin Josephy and Kim Stafford at Lewis & Clark College, he founded Fishtrap to promote “clear thinking and good writing in and about the West,” and served as its executive director until 2008. He has written for the Oregonian, High Country News, Portland Magazine, and High Desert Journal and contributed a regular column to the Wallowa County Chieftain. He currently serves as the director of the Josephy Library of Western History and Culture in Joseph, Oregon.