The December edition of Fishtrap Fireside celebrates writers and stories from across the County and the world. Featured readers are poet Daniel Iacob, Caiti Leo, and Wallowa County historian David Weaver. An open mic follows where audience members have a chance to get up and share their stories too.
Fireside is a free monthly event for Wallowa County writers to read and share their work. It takes place the first Friday of the month at Fishtrap, 400 East Grant Street in Enterprise. The community is encouraged to attend these events, enjoy light refreshments, and hear new work by their friends and neighbors.
More about December’s featured readers.
Daniel Iacob was born in Romania in 1988, one year before the Romanian Revolution and collapse of the dictator regime. His family moved to the USA when he was nine years old and lived in New York City for a year before moving to Seattle, and finally Springfield, Missouri. Daniel graduated from Missouri State University with a B.A. in Creative Writing, and received a Masters in Poetry from University of Idaho. His work has been published in Nowhere Magazine and Moon City Review. His long prose poem “Lost in America” was a Top 10 Finalist in a writing contest judged by Sam Moulton, editor of Outside.
Caiti Leo grew up anywhere and everywhere between the steep slopes and cold coasts of Alaska, and the nuclear-blue of the of the Nevada dessert. Martian-like landscapes and surreal skylines inspired the imagery and imagination in many of her words. Her work ranges from spoken word to a deep and rooted love of science fiction, but always taking a strong social, political, and environmental stand. Inspired by a background in behavioral psychology and creative writing, her pieces reach out to the undeniably human element in everyone that searches for an understanding of a spirit that is more quantum, that is more universally minded, that attempts, endlessly, to discover the truths of everything both within and without us.
David Weaver was born and has lived in Wallowa County his entire life, excepting a few short periods in various other locales. He has worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry as a Forest Officer for the past 33 years. More a reader than a writer, David is making an attempt at the craft in order to share some of the things he’s learned researching the history of early Wallowa County photographers. As a novice writer, David admires the work of Susan Griffin and has been particularly influenced by her book, Women and Nature. As an amateur historian, he is primarily interested in the relationship between nature and the people who have lived in Wallowa County.