Art Center East and other organizations in Union County are partnering with Wallowa County’s Fishtrap to bring a great book to readers in Northeast Oregon!


Fishtrap Reads

The Jump-Off Creek by Molly Gloss


Weekly Events and Discussions

February 15 – March 22, 2023


The Jump-Off Creek is the unforgettable story of homesteader Lydia Sanderson and her

struggles to settle in the mountains of Oregon in the 1890s. The Jump-Off Creek gives

readers an intimate look at the hardships of frontier life and of a courageous woman

determined to survive.


Come to ACE to check out a copy  of The Jump-Off Creek. Look at our selection of “companion books” (that relate to themes in The Jump-Off Creek) for young readers, too.


Read the book and/or take part in Fishtrap’s fantastic lineup of online and in-person events!


 Visit to see the full Fishtrap Reads schedule.


The first event is Wednesday, February 15:


Fishtrap Reads Kickoff, Potluck Dinner, and Live Video Stream with author Molly

Gloss. 6:00 pm at 107 West Main Street in Enterprise (or watch the live video stream).



Fishtrap Reads Schedule


Wednesday, February 15

Fishtrap Reads Kickoff, Potluck Dinner, and Live Video Stream with author Molly

Gloss - 107 W Main St. Enterprise 6:00pm Potluck Dinner and Live Video Stream

Kickoff with the author.


Wednesday, February 22

”The Myth of the Cowboy Hero” with author Molly Gloss

Virtual presentation at

The Jump-Off Creek author Molly Gloss looks deeply into our idea of the American

cowboy and how that came to be.


Wednesday, March 1

“Elizabeth on the Frontier” with Ranger Cheri from the National Historic Oregon

Trail Interpretive Center. Virtual presentation at

Take a step back in time and learn about a day in the life of a woman on her homestead

through first-person narration.


Wednesday, March 8

“The Fur Trapper’s Cabin” with Ranger Casey from the National Historic Oregon

Trail Interpretive Center. Virtual presentation at

Ranger Casey will virtually show you a fur trapper’s cabin and offer the history of

Oregon’s fur trapping trade.


Wednesday, March 15

“A Woman’s Role in the American West” with Sarah Sherman, Project Manager

for the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

Virtual presentation at

Learn about the role women played in settling the Oregon Territory.


March 22

Fishtrap Reads Keynote Presentation with Molly Gloss

Fishtrap - 107 W Main St. Enterprise - 7:00pm

Join Molly Gloss for a close look at her classic novel The Jump-Off Creek, its

characters, and how the book continues to connect with audiences today.


Learn more at FISHTRAP | Writing and the West



Art Center East

Cook Memorial Library

Catherine Creek Community Center

Eastern Oregon University Library

Cove Public Library

Elgin Public Library

Union Public Library

Little Free Library: Imbler Market



Upcoming Events

NEA Big Read 2022

Join us as we celebrate The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

The House on Mango Street is recognized by critics, professors, and readers of all ages as one of most important contributions to modern literature. This landmark story collection relates the triumphant coming-of-age of young Esperanza Cordero who finds her own voice and inner potential to overcome the impediments of poverty, gender roles, and her Chicana-American heritage.

Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros’s greatly admired novel of a Latina girl growing up in Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, it has entered the canon of coming-of-age classics.

Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want to belong — not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of the Arts, the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation.

Other Big Read 2022 activities provided by Cook Memorial Library in La Grande:

  • Dial-A-Story 541-624-6339
  • StoryWalk© at Riverside Park in La Grande
  • Display
  • Crafts & Storytime
  • Music Playlist
  • Read Alikes

For more information, contact Carrie Bushman at [email protected] 


Big Read 2022 activities provided by Union Carnegie Library and Catherine Creek Community Center in Union. 

  • Catherine Creek Community Center Youth group on March 17: chapter reading and cooking masa
  • Union Carnegie Library: companion book reading in February
  • Union Carnegie Library book discussion: tentatively scheduled for March 1

For more information, contact Cherie Kausler at [email protected]

Salsa Dance Lessons with Amelia Díaz Ettinger

February 23, 24, 25, 26

Online on the Art Center East YouTube channel.

1:00pm and available for streaming afterwards

Art Center East and Fishtrap present four days of salsa dance lessons with Amelia Díaz Ettinger of La Grande. For beginners and experienced dancers, take joy in movement with Salsa, one of the most popular Latin dances. Starting February 23 at 1:00 pm through February 26 at 1:00pm, Art Center East will release this video series on their YouTube channel. Join us while we learn the history behind the movement, enjoy classic salsa dance steps, and groove to the music “Candela” by the Buena Vista Social Club.

Wednesday, Feb. 23 basic step / la base

Wednesday, Feb. 23 basic step / la base

Thursday, Feb. 24 microphone / micróphono

Friday, Feb. 25 classic step / clássico

Saturday, Feb. 26 on the spot / pegadito

    Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a self-described ‘Mexi-Rican,’ born in México but raised in Puerto Rico. As a BIPOC poet and writer, she has two full-length poetry books published; Learning to Love a Western Sky by Airlie Press, and a bilingual poetry book, Speaking at a Time /Hablando a  la Vez by Redbat Press, and a poetry chapbook, Fossils in a Red Flag by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies and have received honors and awards. A new full collection of poetry will be released by RedBat Press in the fall. 

    Amelia Díaz Ettinger has an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Oregon University. Presently, she and her partner reside in Summerville, Oregon with two dogs, two cats, and too many chickens.


Social Handles:

2022 Partners & Funders


    The Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Every winter, Fishtrap and its regional parters celebrate 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.