Regi’s new book, “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood” is now available!
Family: comfort food or a recipe for disaster? Award-winning storyteller and performer Regi Carpenter brings her humor and honesty to print in Where There s Smoke, There s Dinner.
Regi is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. 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. From teenagers struggling to find their identity to disabled veterans grappling with the aftermath of war and change to the complications and sweetness of love between family members, this collection of linked short stories holds the universal message that life s difficulties are softened by love and fortitude . . . and family.”
New DVD! Winner of Storytelling World Award
2015 Storytelling World Award winning DVD of a teenage girl’s descent into madness, institutionalization and her journey back to reality and freedom.
I know this story well because it’s my story and I’m ready to share it with others. I am asking for your help to bring Snap! the story to communities around the country because there are so many people whose story of mental illness goes untold. Maybe the silent story is yours, your friend’s, your child’s, your parent, or someone else you know, love or work with. Whatever the case, when you purchase this DVD, please share it with your friends and family to help spread this story.
Regi Carpenter is a solo performance artist, author, retreat leader and performance coach. An award winning performer, Regi has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals and schools, nationally and internationally.
Regi is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. These tales celebrate the glorious and gut – wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenter’s raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. Tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and drives to the dump give voice to multi-generations of family life in a small river town with an undercurrent. Swift, unexpected, and powerful as the river itself, Regi’s tales are “an unexpected gift that promises to leave us longing for more empathic vignettes from this comfortable, compelling voice.” Booklist Review of CD Diving and Emerging
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 the grieving 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.
Coming in September, 2016
Family: comfort food or recipe for disaster? Find out in this memoir of short stories as seen through the eyes of the youngest Carpenter kid, Regi. Filled with the antics and anguish of the glorious and gut-wrenching knock down life of four generations of Carpenter’s living in a small town on a big river with an undercurrent.