McNerney,ShannonPhotoShannon McNerney


SHANNON MCNERNEY is an Oregonian by choice. Born in Denver, her family moved here before she had words to express her opinion on the subject. Shortly after she received her music degree from the University of Oregon they all left, but she chose to stay. However, like so many Oregonians, most of her experience of Oregon ended just east of the Cascades. In May of 2000 she made the first of many treks to Wallowa County that would later include rafting the Grande Ronde, riding the tram, cheering on search and rescue friends in the Chief Joseph Days parade, pints at Terminal Gravity, and introducing her city dogs to horses and deer.

Shannon’s professional experience includes staff leadership, fundraising, event management, marketing, and strategic planning. Prior to coming to Fishtrap, Shannon was the Executive Director of the Portland Symphonic Choir (the official choir of the Oregon Symphony), and worked as a consultant helping small businesses and nonprofits create effective marketing strategies.


Mike Midlo

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MIKE MIDLO discovered Fishtrap back in 2000 while on a camping trip to the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The organization’s mission, the stunning scenery, and people of Wallowa County made an impression. Many vacation and work trips followed until he joined Fishtrap in 2013 as Program Manager. Before Fishtrap, Mike worked 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 Mike out hiking with his dogs or strumming old Western tunes.





BioPicEric Greenwell


ERIC GREENWELL comes to us after graduating from University of Idaho’s MFA program in May 2014. While there he was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal, Fugue.  He brought the journal into the digital age, creating a website and digitizing all past issues. He also helped initiate a fundraiser which brought the journal into the black. Winner of Writing in the Wild and Centrum fellowships, and runner-up for the 2016 PEN Northwest Wilderness Writing Residency, he respects the role of Western landscapes in creativity, introspection, and interconnectedness. When he isn’t writing, he reads, hikes, or turns old pallets into new tables.



Janis Carper


JANIS CARPER 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 wandering the nearby forests gathering edibles, writing songs, making art, and playing music. She also founded and directs the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance.

Cameron Scott

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CAMERON SCOTT is a long-time Fishtrap Writer-In-Residence and fishing guide. His work has appeared in publications including the Burnside Review, High Country News, The Aspen Times, The Drake, The Mountain Gazette, The Ski Journal, The Sopris Sun, The Fly Fish Journal and various print and on-line literary journals.



Maria Shaw - Photo by Denise JacksonMaria  Shaw


MARIA SHAW, Bookkeeper, comes to Fishtrap after an illustrious career in management consulting. Happy to be finished with big business, she spends her time enjoying music, the scenery, drawing, writing, cooking with friends, and the company of her colleagues at Fishtrap. She loves it here.






Abbie AmabiscaAbbie Amabisca

OSU Arts Administration Assistant –

ABBIE AMABISCA is a desert soul, born and raised in the heart of Arizona, where she’s developed a passion for prison education, mastering family recipes, and earned a BA in English: Creative Writing from Arizona State University.  Always looking for an excuse to take a good road trip, she drove up the California Coast and became a Corvallis transplant, where she is currently a third-year MFA candidate in Fiction at Oregon State University.  Her writing often explores characters from the fringes, third generational Chicano/Chicana youth, the complications of identity, and punk ethos and culture.


Jesse JohnsonJesse Johnson

OSU Writer-in-Residence –

JESSE JOHNSON traveled to Oregon from Hurricane Mills, a small town settled in the rivers, trees, and hills of middle Tennessee, an hour west of Nashville. Jesse earned his BA in English from Belmont University. He currently lives in Corvallis, where he is an MFA Candidate in Creative Nonfiction at Oregon State University. His writing is often in appreciation of the places he calls home, small moments and reflections on what it means to be part of the life of a place. In his free time Jesse enjoys writing and performing music, singing and playing the guitar.





Emma Carlson


EMMA CARLSON, a ten year Wallowa County resident comes to Fishtrap after her recent graduation from Enterprise High School. Convinced of the importance of writing and literature in both individual lives and whole communities, Emma is excited be involved in an organization dedicated to ensuring that people of all ages receive that exposure.