A special online November episode of Fishtrap Fireside comes to you beginning Friday, November 5th with readings from three Wallowa County writers; Lauren MacDonald, Randi Movich, and Amy Zahm. Anyone anywhere can take in Fireside online at Fishtrap.org and on Fishtrap’s YouTube Channel.
Fishtrap Fireside is a monthly reading series designed to feature diverse voices from local writers. Each month offers a fresh look at what people of the West are thinking about and writing down.
“This fall, we’re offering Fireside virtually again.” says Fishtrap’s Program Director, Mike Midlo, “The advantage of that is how many people can enjoy these stories not only here at home but share them with friends and family wherever they live.”
November’s Fishtrap Fireside is sponsored by local tea purveyor, Sei Mee Tea.
More on November’s’ featured readers.
Lauren MacDonald works with words while curiously exploring the cosmos: plants, stars, humans, mysteries, patterns, roles, love, pain. Lauren's work is her expression of experiencing the natural world inside and out.
Raised in the wilds of the San Fernando Valley, Randi Movich could not wait to leave the neighborhood for ocean swims, camping, backpacking, and skiing. That wanderlust brought her to a life of work and discovery in Marseille, France, a Peace Corps assignment in West Africa, six months in central and south America, graduate school in Idaho, a stint in Eugene working at the Western Environmental Law Center, back to Guinea for two years working with traditional healers and midwives, Ashland, Oregon and finally to Wallowa County. Almost 10 years as a nurse, Randi’s main writing assignment is documenting chart notes but after attending Fishtrap’s Outpost on the Snake River program she rediscovered her desire to write and wander again. When not at Winding Waters Clinic or out and about on trail, Randi can be found on Alder Slope where she lives with husband Jeff, youngest daughter Rosie, (middle daughter Tishrei at school in California, oldest daughter Dawn Mist six blocks from Central park) cat October, dog Mia, and assorted chickens.
Amy Zahm grew up in, ran away from, and later returned to Wallowa County and has now lived here for two-thirds of her life. She spends her time in the mountains, valleys, and canyons of Wallowa County, either on foot, on skis, or on horseback. In addition to writing, she is a doctor of acupuncture and oriental medicine and uses yoga to ease her patients’ pain. Her writing focuses on the connections between place, history, a discovery of self, and the ways in which a perfectly ordinary life might provide some sort of insight into the magical world we each inhabit. Her work has been published online at Atticus Review, Streetlight, Manifest-Station, and Jenny, and in print at The Normal School, Post Road and Oregon East. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Oregon University.
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