Coming Soon:

October Arts & Lecture Series
Look Closer
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Thursday, October 2 at 7pm
Elizabeth Enslin: While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal

Thursday, October 16 at 7pm
Al Habegger: Masked: The Life of Anna Leonowens, Schoolmistress at the Siamese Court

Wednesday, October 29
Richard Etulain: The Life and Times of Calamity Jane


Friday, October 10 at 7pm
Fishtrap Fireside

Join us for the second season of Fishtrap Fireside, a monthly gathering for Wallowa County writers to read and share their work.


Recent Events

 Summer Fishtrap July 7-13

The 27th Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers takes place at Wallowa Lake. We still have a few spots open in the Songwriting Workshop with Marv Ross and Amy Minato’s Youth Workshop (ages 10-14). Go to our Summer Fishtrap Schedule page to learn more about all the great things we’ve got planned and, see a list of events that are free and open to the  public.

June 28 at 7:30pm
Josephy Center
Join us for an evening of jazz and poetry with Matt Cooper and Kevin Cahill. This Fishtrap fundraiser includes music, entertainment, prohibition-style attaire and raffle prizes including a coast getaway, Wildhorse Casino package, book package and more. The event is all in support of Fishtrap’s great programs AND a special appeal to help us replace our aging furnace – a creature from the dark ages that works at only 40% efficiency and leaves us shivering next to space heaters all winter! Come on out to have a great evening and support Fishtrap!
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Boathouse reading with author & raft guide Vince Welch June 25, 2014

Author & raft guide Vince Welch reads at the Winding Rivers Boathouse in Joseph, Oregon. Learn about the amazing river running life of Haldane “Buzz” Holmstrom as Welch reads from his book The Doing of the Thing – the Brief, Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom.

Look Closer: May Spring Arts & Lecture Series


Thursday May 29 at 6:30pm
The Mushroom Hunters: A Wild Mushroom, Wine Tasting and Literary Evening with Langdon Cook
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Writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors Langdon Cook joins us for an evening of wild mushrooms, wine, and literature! Langdon will read from and discuss his Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award winning non-fiction work, The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America about which Kathleen Flynn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry writes, “With superb detail and intrepid research, Langdon Cook leads a fascinating trek deep into the mysterious world of mushroom hunting, blending intriguing natural history and quirky characters with insight into this murky, sometimes dangerous business. Riveting stuff for food lovers.” Come early to sample freshly prepared wild mushrooms and have a glass of wine, and learn about opportunities to join Langdon on a mushroom foraging outing! This event is hosted in partnership with Slow Food Wallowas. Admission: $10. [CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS]



LC ForagingFriday, May 30

10 AM – Noon, Fishtrap House, 400 E. Grant St., Enterprise, OR 97828

Writing in the Wild, a Writing Workshop with Langdon Cook

Inspiration in nature is as ancient as language itself. In this workshop we’ll divide our time between indoor and outdoor classrooms. Langdon Cook, author of the “The Mushroom Hunters” and “Fat of the Land,” will lead participants in a series of exercises to use all our senses, hone powers of observation, and transform note-taking into narrative. Bring pen, notebook, and imagination.

Cost: $10 - Register here.

Friday May 16 at 7:00pmgregNokes
Breaking Chains: R. Gregory Nokes & Gwendolyn Trice on Slavery and Jim Crow in Oregon
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Journalist, historian, and author R. Gregory Nokes returns to Fisthrap to share a multimedia presentation drawing from his Oregon Book Award nominated non-fiction work, Breaking Chains: Slavery On Trial in the Oregon Territory. Greg will be joined in conversation by Maxville Heritage Center Executive Director Gwendolyn Trice, who will also share a video presentation. The two hope to draw connections between the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow laws in our local history in what promises to be an illuminating conversation. $5 suggested donation.



Josephy Lecture – Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00pm
Lewis and Clark among the Nez Perce with Allen Pinkham and Steve Ross Evans

Fishtrap and The Josephy Center present the inaugural Alvin Josephy Lecture with Allen Pinkham and Steve Ross Evans authors of Lewis and Clark Among the Nez Perce. $5 suggested donation.


Sunday, May 4 at 4:00pm

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A Celebration of the Schlick Family -  The Josephy Center
Join us for a celebration of the unique legacy of Mary Dodds Schlick. Author of Columbia River Basketry, Gift of the Ancestors, Gift of the Earth, Mary has devoted much of her life to preserving, celebrating, and educating others about the basketry, craftwork, and folkways of Native Peoples of the Columbia River Plateau. Mary will be joined by her daughter, author Katherine Schlick Noe, and son, musician Joe Schlick. Katherine will share from her novel, Something To Hold, based on her experience growing up on the Warm Springs Reservation, many portions of which began in workshops at Fishtrap’s Summer Gathering of Writers. Joe will share songs, some composed at Fishtrap’s Imnaha Writers’ Retreat. Mary’s presentation will give insight into basket weaving techniques,and will kick off a two-week exhibition of her own basketry and examples of traditional Plateau Indian baskets at the Josephy Center. This event is hosted in partnership with the Josephy Center and is free to the public.


Fishtrap Fireside – Friday, April 11FishtrapFiresideApril11 copy

It’s the final Fishtrap Fireside of the season. Join us Friday April 11 at 7:00pm for an evening of stories and readings by the fire. This month features work by Kristy Athens, Pamela Royes and Eileen Thiel followed by an open mic reading. Fishtrap Fireside is a monthly event for Wallowa County writers to read and share their work. The community is encouraged to attend these events. Bring refreshments, enjoy the fire and hear new work by local writers.


Wallowa Resources WREN Program: Nature Journaling – April 4

Fishtrap partners with Wallowa Resources’ WREN program April 4 offering a Nature Journaling class to 5-8th graders. Kristy Athens will take kids on a guided hike and help them turn their experiences into written word. CLICK HERE to learn more about Wallowa Resources’ WREN program and register.

A Fishtrap Sampler: A Fundraising Evening of Delicious Literary and Culinary Bites
Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Portland

Get your tickets now to the Fishtrap Sampler in Portland, March 15!