On Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 pm, Regi Carpenter will give a reading at the library. Carpenter is an award-winning performance artist and author. She will read from her recently published memoir, Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood. These honest tales some hilarious, some heartbreaking celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York.
Regi is the recipient of the JJ Reneaux Emerging Artist Award, a Leonard Bernstein Teaching Fellowship Award, the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, the Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award and the Storytelling World Award. Her performance piece Snap! won the 2012 Boston StorySlam. Snap! is a featured Listen story on The Moth website.
In addition to her work as a performer, coach and writer, Regi is also the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing songs of joy and stories of hope to grieving children and the people who love and care for them in homes, hospices, and hospitals. Her high school storytelling curriculum, “Teens Talking” has been awarded grants from the New York State Council of the Arts. She lives in Ithaca, New York, where there’s ten square miles surrounded by reality.
To learn more about Carpenter and her work, please visit regicarpenter.com