Fishtrap Fireside launches its 9th season of readings and stories from Wallowa County writers on Friday, October 1st featuring 14 year old Ginger Berry, plus longtime Fishtrap friends Jim Dameron and Zanni Schauffler. Anyone anywhere can take in Fireside online at Fishtrap.org and Fishtrap’s YouTube Channel.
Fishtrap Fireside is a monthly reading series designed to feature diverse voices of local writers. Each month offers a fresh look at what people of the West are thinking about and writing down. Since the program launched in 2013, more than 100 Wallowa County writers have stepped up to the podium or logged on virtually to share their work. Audiences have enjoyed a variety of genres including cowboy poetry, fiction, nonfiction, humor, memoir, sci-fi fantasy, essay, travelogue, food stories, and much more.
“We’re offering Fireside virtually again this fall.” says Fishtrap’s Program Director, Mike Midlo, “The advantage of that is how many people can take in these readings not only here at home but anywhere around the country or the world.”
October’s Fishtrap Fireside is sponsored by the fine folks at The Bookloft.
More on October’s featured readers.
Ginger Berry is a 14 year old homeschooled freshman attending Oak Meadow High School. Along with writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, dancing and playing with her two dogs! She has attended the past 3 Summer Fishtraps and loves all that Fishtrap has opened up to the community!
Jim Dameron is an essayist and poet. He thinks of himself as a contemplative fellow with a bad memory and a limited understanding of the world, which means he spends a lot of time staring at blank pages. That he managed to wrangle a few words into sentences in order to read at Fireside is something of an obscure miracle. Still, he’s won a few accolades along the way and had more than a few essays published in well-known literary journals.
Zanni Schauffler was born and raised in Portland, Oregon but has lived in Enterprise for the last 14 years. She misses Portland dearly, has struggled at times in Wallowa County, but also has a deep love for this place. Zanni has published her poems around and about and is the recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Currently Zanni is working on a novel, writing poemish things, painting pictures, reading some books, developing organization and cleaning strategies for her perpetually messy house, and is participating as an avid spectator in the Golden Age of Television. Zanni works at the Joseph Post Office and lives with her husband Frank Helderman III, her cats Humphrey and Blondie, and her big dog Ferdinand.