November WordFest offers thrills through poetry and stories

WordFest features daring poetry and a modern-day thriller ripped from today’s headlines on Tuesday, November 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Cassava Coffeehouse, 1333 Broadway in Longview.

Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive (Alternating Current Press 2019). He earned an MFA at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Common KnowledgeArsenic Lobster, Hyphen Magazine, and The Raven Chronicles.  

He is a former Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient and works for Multnomah County managing education and anti-poverty initiatives. He refers to himself as “a phenomenal clapper, a passable ukulele player, and a bumbling, but enthusiastic, fisherman.”

Armin will read selections from his collection, which explore loneliness, longing, and faith, told through the voices of an astronaut lost in space, a whaler cursed by a dragon, a 19th century bone collector escaping extinction, and other beings feeling severed from their world.

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Rick E. George has worked as a wildland firefighter, a sportswriter, and an educator, including five years as a language arts teacher at Coweeman Junior High School in Kelso. He is the author of Vengeance Burns Hot and Cooper’s Loot, both published in 2019, as well as short stories and poetry. He lives with his wife April in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state.

Vengeance Burns Hot isa literary thriller set in the mountains around Snoqualmie Pass, where helicopter pilot and Afghan War veteran Ed Kline faces day to day challenges battling wildfires and building a new romance. But then a cryptic text, followed by deadly attacks from an anti-government militia, engulf Ed in a deeply personal way. Is Ed’s son part of the militia, or trying to escape from it, or both? In seeking the answer, Ed risks his career, his new relationship, and his life.

There will be an open mic period following the presentations.

The monthly gathering of readers and writers meets the second Tuesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Cassava. The events are free and open to the public

Cassava offers a dinner menu for those who wish to enjoy a meal with the readings, as well as local wines and brews.

For more information, contact Alan Rose at