It’s official. The Coffin House sold and will be a family home once again. Our last full day in the house is Tuesday, September 14. As we sort through piles of books, boxes, and memories, we want to stop and say thank you to each of you who made this old house a wonderful place for gathering and learning over the past 20 years. We will all miss this place, but we’re excited for things to come.
Fishtrap officially signed the lease for the main floor of the historic Bowlby Building and adjacent Barber Shop on Main Street in Enterprise. The new space will give us lots of room for workshops, classes, Fishtrap Firesides, and more. Plus, we’ll be working with our local nonprofit partners to make the space available to them, too. The building is in the middle of a remarkable remodel, but will be open and ready for us in April 2022. A big opening party is in the works. Stay tuned for more updates, including information on how you can be a part of this next chapter.
We’re still here!
The Fishtrap staff learned a lot this past year, including how to run a literary arts nonprofit remotely. We’re still online and available by email and phone, busily planning for a year of great programming. Read below for a sneak peak.
Wallowa County folks, we still need your help. Can you lend us a couple of hours to pack a few boxes, set up and sell some treasures at our Yard Sale, and help us close this chapter before the moving trucks arrive on September 15? Click here and take a look at the times available, then click “read more” to sign up. We’ve added a few more volunteer shifts, and they are just two hours. All supplies are provided, along with a ton of gratitude. Masks are required. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO’VE ALREADY SIGNED UP!
A New Year of Programming Starts Now!
Here’s a sneak peak at what we’ve got planned for the 2021-22 Fishtrap Programs season. All programs scheduled prior to January 2022 will be held online.*
Starting this month, Fishtrap has a variety of offerings from weekend seminars to month-long courses in poetry, fiction, essay, nonfiction, all offered online.
Fishtrap Fireside, Season 9!
Fishtrap Fireside returns with featured readings from Wallowa County writers. Tune in the first Friday of the month from October-April to hear original stories, poems, and more. Streams online at fishtrap.org and on our YouTube channel.
2022 Winter Fishtrap: Drought
Coming January 2022
Each January, Winter Fishtrap brings local and regional experts and community leaders to you to help understand and discuss issues that impact the West. This year’s theme is Drought and its impact on our environment, our resources.
The NEA Big Read: The House on Mango Street
Coming to Wallowa and Union Counties February – March 2022
The Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Every winter, Fishtrap celebrates one great work of literature by providing events, discussions, and books to Wallowa and Union County schools, libraries, and community members. The program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and is supported locally by neighborhood businesses and individual donations.
2022 Summer Fishtrap: Renewal
Coming July 11–17, 2022
The 35th annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers returns to Wallowa Lake Lodge next summer. Mark your calendars for a week of writing, Renewal, and a 35th anniversary celebration. We’ll announce the faculty later this fall.
Watch for the return of the Outpost Writing Workshops on the Zumwalt and Hells Canyon, the 2022 Yearlong Writers Workshop, Fishtrap Fellowship Applications, and more.
*A Note on COVID-19 and Fishtrap Events
Due to the rise of cases in Wallowa County and across our region, Fishtrap will continue to offer our events online. We hope to be back in person as soon as possible. You can help that happen by following the guidelines recommended by the CDC, the Oregon Health Authority, and Wallowa Memorial Hospital.
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Fishtrapper members receive a welcome packet plus registration discounts for Summer Fishtrap, Winter Fishtrap, Writing Workshops. This year, we have more surprises planned, including special members only events and quarterly mailings. Join now and receive an invitation to our first-ever Fishtrap Happy Hour members-only event June 2.