WordFest kicks off the New Year on January 4

The 2011 WordFest series starts on Tuesday, January 4, with three writers who will be presenting their works..

Lorraine Merrin will be reading from her collection of poetry, entitled “Holding Tight to Gravity’s Tail,” which she calls “poetry about real people living and surviving in a real world that often seems as cruel as it is beautiful.”

Lorraine’s work has appeared in The Salal Review, Rattle, Thema, Tar Wolf, and other journals, as well as in the anthology, “The Great American Poetry Show,” Vol. II.

Her book will be available at WordFest for $15.  The book is usually $19.95 (plus $3 shipping/handling) from Lorraine and can also be ordered at Amazon.com.

Chuck Ramsdell will be reading from his children’s book, “Quack.” A boat builder who has lived on the Columbia River for over thirty eight years, Chuck wrote the stories for his grandson. The book will be available for $10.

Ellysa Champ will read a short story called “Haunted,” about a young Japanese girl with a strange gift. An outcast, she has only one friend, who no one else can see.

Ellysa is an avid fan of the paranormal and Japanese culture, which she has blended into her short story.

An open mic time follows the the presentations.

The Brits opens at 5:30 pm.