April WordFest offers short stories, personal essays and poems


Next Tuesday, April 1, WordFest will offer a variety of works by local writers.


Jim LeMonds will be reading a short story, “Days of Future Past,” about logging, and also a short, non-fiction piece on getting a tattoo, entitled, “Inscription on a Human Canvas.” Jim was a teacher in the Longview School District for thirty years and is the author of two books about the Pacific Northwest, “Deadfall” and “South of Seattle.” He now works as a freelance writer, editor and marketer.

Local poet Linda Eddleston will be reading from her book, “Poems A through Z,” which was a gift for her daughter, and includes some of her daughter’s poems as well. Linda is a substitute teacher in elementary and special education classes for the Longview and Kelso school districts. 

Joan Lemieux will be reading a personal essay from her collection of essays, “The Second ‘Coming of Age,’” entitled “Cleaning House”—which is more about aging than housekeeping. Joan is a retired Cowlitz County commissioner and was a teacher for many years. 

There will also be an Open Mic time for people to share their writings. 

WordFest is a monthly celebration of the magic and power of words. It meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the community room in the Columbia Bank building, located at

1338 Commerce Avenue, Longview



The program goes from . The second hour offers a time for refreshments, social networking, and an open mic, when the public can read their own works.


The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages are available for purchase from Frank’s European Cellar, next to the community room.