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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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."