Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet: Selections from the People Pieces (Paperback)

Selections from the People Pieces

By Jo Carson

Theatre Communications Group, 9781559360272, 96pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1993



"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 has published award-winning plays, short stories, books for children, essays, poems and other work. Her play "Whispering to Horses" and solo show "If God Came Down..." premiered at Seven Stages in Atlanta. She currently performs "Liars, Thieves, and Other Sinners on the Bench," made up of selected stories from the 30 oral history plays she has written.