Naturalist Bob Pyle headlines next WordFest on Zoom, Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

WordFest resumes on Zoom during the covid-19 pandemic. These events are free, open to the public, and you don’t need a Zoom account to participate. An email invitation will be sent out to everyone who receives the (free) monthly WordFest newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter here.

The next WordFest: Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7:00-8:00 pm.

Naturalist, essayist and poet Robert Michael Pyle is now also the subject of “The Dark Divide,” a film based on his personal story. Bob will talk about the making of the film and also read from The Tidewater Reach, a collection of his poetry accompanied by the photographs of Judy VanderMaten that celebrates the beauty, history and mystery of the lower Columbia River region.

Bob is the author of more than 20 books, including WintergreenSky Time in Grays RiverChasing Monarchs, and Where Bigfoot Walks. A Yale-trained ecologist, Guggenheim Fellow, and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, he lives in rural southwest Washington.

Retired judge Ed Putka is one of our most popular presenters at WordFest. His stories may be tall tales about growing up in his Polish neighborhood in Cleveland, or fishing on the Kalama River, but they all reflect his humorist’s wit and underlying themes of the value of family, friendship and community.

Ed will be reading a new story in the second half of the program.

October 2020 WordFest on Zoom

Suspended due to the covid-19 pandemic, WordFest resumed on Zoom on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7-8 pm. See the video below!

Jan Bono reads from Oyster Spat, the fifth in her Sylvia Avery Mystery series set on Washington’s Long Beach peninsula. Jan discusses her planning, research, and writing process that creates these fun and funny “cozy mysteries.”

Playwright and storyteller Leslie Slape introduces one of her recent Zoom plays that was performed in a “bake off playwriting competition”–and explains what is a bake off competition. Her 12-minute play, “The Feather of the Firebird,” is then performed by  students from Muhlenberg College.

During Open Mic, Jim MacLeod shares some of his recently inspired limericks, and Craig Allen Heath reads a story that will be part of a new short story collection.

The next WordFest on Zoom will occur on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7-8 pm, featuring naturalist Robert Michael Pyle and storyteller Ed Putka. Details here

WordFest on Zoom 
Host: Alan Rose
Creative Design and Editing: Bethany Glenn
Zoom Technical Direction: Vikki J. Carter

WordFest on Zoom launches Tues, Oct 13th

WordFest events resume on Zoom, beginning Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:00-8:00 pm. Watch in the comfort of your own home on your laptop or tablet or even Smartphone.

To receive an email invitation, register here (name and email address only). Tuesday night you will receive an email from Vikki J. Carter to join the event. Just click on the invitation link, and then click on “Open Zoom meeting” when you see the prompt. And that’s it!

You do not need to have a Zoom account. It’s free and open to the public.

You will receive the Zoom invitation at 6:45 pm. If you’re new to Zoom, click on and we’ll help you get ready. Already familiar with Zoom?–Then click on right before 7:00 pm, when the program starts.

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