Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet

Selections from the People Pieces

By Jo Carson
(Theatre Communications Group, Paperback, 9781559360272, 96pp.)

Publication Date: January 1993

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"Haunting and funny, full of folk wisdom and unflinching honesty." - "Publishers Weekly"
Playwright and poet Jo Carson has long been mining the rich field of everyday life in her native Appalachia region and East Tennessee. Collecting found stories as part of her ongoing "People Pieces" series, she has created a remarkable distillation of the rhythms and nuances of a specific landscape that proves common to us all. These fifty-four monologues and dialogues are statements of life from the region of the heart.
"The pieces all come from people. I never sat my desk and made them up. I heard the heart of each of them somewhere. A grocery store line. A beauty shop. The emergency room. A neighbor across her clothesline to another neighbor. I am an eavesdropper and I practiced being invisible to get them." - Jo Carson, from the Preface.
JO CARSON is an author of poems, plays, short stories and essays who lives and works in Johnson City, Tennessee. She has toured internationally with "Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet" and her play, "Daytrips," has been widely produced. Ms. Carson has been a regular commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

About the Author
Jo Carson lives and works in Johnson City, Tennessee, where she writes plays, short stories, essays, and poems. She has authored a series of monologues and dialogues that she has performed for audiences at music festivals. A collection of this material, Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet, is available from Orchard Books in New York. She has been an occasional commentator on National public Radio's All Things Considered for five years. Carson won awards in 1984 from the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services and in 1986 from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her script Daytrips received the 1989 Joseph P. Kesserlring Award. In the spring of 1991 Carson was commissioned to write a full-length play about the life of Davy Crockett.
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