Ann Whitfield Powers

Executive Director –

Ann Whitfield Powers, Executive Director holds an MA in English from Florida State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Before Fishtrap, she was Development Director for two of Portland’s Waldorf Schools, taught literature and creative writing at Linfield College, and served as Executive Director for the Florida Public Interest Research Group. She now lives in Joseph with her husband and two sons, age 9 and 15.




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Program Manager –

Mike Midlo, Program Manager was born in Minnesota but like generations of mid-Westerners, followed the Oregon Trail out West. Before joining Fishtrap, Mike worked as a television producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting where he earned two regional Emmy awards for his contribution to their flagship programs Oregon Experience and Oregon Art Beat. He’s made independent films, produced record albums and pounded a few nails along the way. When not at Fishtrap, you can find him out hiking with the dogs or strumming old Western tunes. He lives in Enterprise.





Heather Tyreman

Bookkeeper -

Heather Tyreman, Bookkeeper grew up in Anaheim, CA and graduated from Pomona College. After 20 years of army service and world travel, she and her husband settled in Joseph to open The Bronze Antler, their bed and breakfast.






Janis Carper

Media Coordinator –

Janis Carper, Media Coordinator was raised on a ranch in Eastern Washington. When she isn’t working as Fishtrap’s media coordinator and jill-of-all-trades, Janis can be found gathering morels, writing songs, and playing music. She also founded and directs the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance.







BioPicEric Greenwell

Office Manager / Administrative Assistant –

Eric comes to us after graduating from University of Idaho’s MFA program this past spring. While he was there he was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal, Fugue.  He brought the journal into the digital age, creating a website for them and digitizing all their past issues. He also initiated a fundraiser which helped bring the journal into the black and has become a fun annual event in Moscow.  Before graduate school he worked for two years in the human resources department of a major hospital, doing data entry, health insurance processing, and staff orientation and training sessions. 

Maya Polan

OSU Arts Administration Intern –

MAYA POLAN has an appetite for travel. She first drove cross-country when she was 18, and has since been to forty-seven states. She’s lived in Connecticut, California, Indonesia, and Oregon, and graduated with a BA in Literary Arts from the University of Redlands en route. Currently, she’s a degree candidate for a MFA in poetry from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, where she’s also worked for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, Oregon State University Press, and Cloudbank Books.

Alyssa Halton


Fishtrap College Instructor –

ALYSSA HALTON was born and raised just outside of Ithaca in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. After graduating with a BA in Creative Writing from St. Lawrence University, Alyssa decided to dedicate her attention towards pursuing her writing. She is a recent East-to-West Coast transplant and now lives in Joseph, where she is an MFA Candidate in Creative Non-Fiction at Oregon State University. Her writing is interested in examining the connection between place and personal identity, often reflecting the myriad of places she, at some point, has called home.