Fishtrap Fireside showcases writers’ original work


Screen Shot 2018-01-23 at 5.22.57 PMENTERPRISE — Regardless of whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, Fishtrap invites the public to spend Groundhog Day by a warm fire. Fishtrap has announced its featured readers for the February Fireside event.

Jenner Hanni, Catherine Matthias and Zanni Schauffler will give readings, followed by an open-mic session during which the audience can share their own stories.

The following descriptions were provided by Fishtrap.

Jenner Hanni

Hanni is a computer engineer and Marine veteran who thought he wanted to write creative non-fiction until someone at Summer Fishtrap’s Outpost told him about prose poems. He moved to Wallowa County this past Labor Day to try to recover his health and sanity after seven years in Portland’s tech scene.

When he isn’t working or writing, he’s looking for foxes at the Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site and catching up on years of missed reading.

Catherine Matthias

Catherine Matthias was an outdoor child — biking, swimming, endless afternoons of tag, hide-and-seek and touch football. She read at night, snuggled in bed with the light on past midnight. Her love of picture books became deep and enduring in her early 20s, when she taught in a preschool.

Four of her picture books and two of her middle grade non-fiction books were published by Children’s Press, now an imprint of Scholastic.

In 2004, two of the fiction books were chosen as part of a three-book boxed edition.

Matthias continues to work on manuscripts in the quiet moments.

Zanni Schauffler

Zanni Schauffler is a writer who grew up in Portland and has lived in Enterprise for a dozen years. She resides with her husband, Frank, their cats, Blondie and Humphrey, and other various people who visit often. Schauffler loves her job at Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness as a peer support specialist. She has historically written poetry but is currently writing a novel about a sad girl.

In the everyday, Schauffler has recently developed an interest in cooking, which came from nowhere. It is a mystery to everyone. 

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 E. Grant St., Enterprise.

The community is encouraged to enjoy light refreshments and hear new work by their friends and neighbors. February’s Fireside is sponsored by Stewart Jones Designs, and firewood is donated by JayZee Lumber.

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