On November 3rd, Fishtrap Fireside presents another great lineup of readers including poet Ester Bentz, special guest Renee Mitchell, and long time Fishtrap champion, Janie Tippett. An open mic follows where audience members have a chance to get up and share their stories too.

Fishtrap Fireside
Friday, Nov 3 at 7:00pm
Fishtrap, 400 E. Grant St. Enterprise
Free Admission

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 November’s featured readers.

Ester Bentz is the pen name and alter ego of Cathy Sterbentz, a perennial, revolving-door resident of Wallowa Co. and the proprietress of Aunt Ester’s Home for Unpublished Poets, for which there is a seven-year waiting list.


Renee Mitchell is best described as a Creative Revolutionist who expresses herself through poetry, storytelling, grant writing, teaching, and creating multimedia experiences. Renee spent 25 years as a newspaper journalist and is most known as a Metro columnist for The Oregonian, where she was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. Renee is a published author of four books of poetry, a novel, five plays, and a children’s book about courage in the face of bullying. Renee’s deepest desire is to use her creativity to help others let go, gather up, and move on.



Janie Tippett, was a columnist for Agritimes NW for 31 years, is the author of Four Lines a Day: The Life and Times of an Imnaha Ranch Woman, has been published in anthologies of Western writers, and is a freelance writer. She is a fourth generation rancher, mother of four, stepmother to three, grandmother, and great grandma.  Janie is also a photographer, outdoor enthusiast, is active in two writer’s groups, and a long time Fishtrapper. She attended the first Summer Fishtrap in 1988 and has participated nearly every year since then.



November Fireside is sponsored by Up Town Art, located at 13 South Main in Joseph.