Fishtrap Fireside wraps up its eighth season of readings from Wallowa County writers on Friday, April 2 with long-time Fishtrap favorite, Pamela Royes and two new voices in Dustin Lyons and Adele Schott. Watch it online at Fishtrap.org
Fishtrap Fireside is a monthly reading series featuring diverse voices from around Wallowa County. And this year, you can watch Fireside wherever you are and whenever you want at Fishtrap.org and on Fishtrap’s YouTube channel. Each month’s episode offers a fresh look at what people of the west are thinking about and writing down. The April episode of Fishtrap Fireside is sponsored by Wallowa Lake Lodge.
More on April’s featured readers.
It was in a small, defunct timber town in Southwest Washington where Dustin Lyons was raised that he developed an unshakeable case of poesy. The notion that writing could become his vocation, perhaps even a vehicle to worldwide acclaim, was companioned with a likewise dubious push toward professional-athlete superstardom. The viability of the latter dream was summarily crushed by a body that stubbornly refused to develop competitive size and speed. So, he carried his big shaggy head full of words and affected insight to the English Literature Department at the University of Washington. Graduation came, and with it a desire to see the world and get back into the mountains. A decade of seasonal work in Alaska, along with several forays into Asia and Latin America produced countless journals chockfull of nearly uninterpretable masterwork. In response to these literary triumphs he decided to shift gears and study shoemaking in Ashland, Oregon, eventually co-founding Alkahest Leather. The world of humans being as it is, a lifelong affinity for critters and wild places drew him to the base of Chief Joseph Mountain, where he owns a tumbledown cabin on a couple of uncombed acres. The words keep coming and he does his best to intelligibly lay them down.
Pamela Royes lives on a farm with her husband Skip and an undetermined number of cows, horses, mules, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, and honeybees. But no pigs. Pam loves planting things, baking sourdough bread, playing her ukulele, and writing. She is the author of the memoir, Temperance Creek, is currently writing a novel for young adults, and working on a book of essays about people, food, and landscape.
Adele Schott calls Wallowa County, “The County” and also, “Home.” She was brought up slightly feral on her family's multi-generational ranch where she decided she wanted to be a cowboy when she grew up. And so she has. Besides cowboying around the west she has been among other things, a cocktail waitress in downtown Austin, an exchange student in Buenos Aires, a van dwelling surfer in Mexico, a culinary student in Texas, and most recently, a wife and mother to the three best men she has ever known. Influenced by some of the greatest storytellers around, Adele has always loved to write. Mostly she writes lists but sometimes she finds the quiet space to write down her musings, recipes, and experiences. Those are some of her favorite moments. Being a part of Fishtrap Fireside will be the first time she has read original work out loud to strangers.