Fishtrap Fireside, April 14, 2017 — 7:00pm
Fishtrap, 400 East Grant Street, Enterprise
Free Admission

The final Fishtrap Fireside of the season is bound to be a doozy. The featured readers are Joella Arment, Nathan Slinker, and Rich Wandschneider. An open mic follows where audience members have a chance to get up and share their stories too.

Fishtrap Fireside is a free monthly event for Wallowa County writers to read and share their work. It takes place the second Friday of every month October through April at the Fishtrap House, 400 East Grant Street in Enterprise. The community is encouraged to attend these events, enjoy light refreshments, and hear new work by local writers. The program is sponsored this month by Sugar Time Bakery, and Silver Lake Bistro.

More about this month’s featured readers.

Joella Arment has been writing poetry since the age of seven, and, in between poems, has had a career in telecommunications, in academia as a college academic advisor and instructor, and in freelance writing, photography, and editing. She currently works at Wild Carrot Herbals in Enterprise and, along with her husband Steve, is restoring an historic farmstead in Lostine, Oregon. Joella attended Summer Fishtrap in 2014, workshopping with her favorite poet, Naomi Shihab Nye and a passionate group of writers and beautiful souls. This experience inspired Joella to rededicate herself to a life of words, in poetry and memoir, as an impetus for change and reconciliation in these troubled times.


Nathan Slinker’s poems have recently appeared in Third Coast, Ninth Letter, CutBank, Waxwing, The Greensboro Review, and Kenyon Review Online among other journals and magazines. He was a 2013 Fishtrap Fellow, a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, and a finalist for New River Press’s Many Voices Prize. Nathan grew up in Enterprise, and after spending a number of years all over the West, is now back and living in Wallowa County.

Rich Wandschneider moved to the Wallowas in 1971 as a back to the lander with a job at the local County Extension Office. After five years of extension work he and his wife Judy opened the Bookloft. In 1988, Rich and friends started Fishtrap, and he is now building the Josephy Library of Western History and Culture and promoting the legacy of fellow Fishtrap founder, historian and advocate for American Indians, Alvin M. Josephy Jr.