Where’s There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood Written and performed by Regi Carpenter
Regi Carpenter is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. Her stories are both hilarious and heartbreaking, celebrating 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, Regi’s delightful collection of stories holds the universal message that life’s difficulties are softened by love and fortitude . . . and family.
For over twenty years Regi Carpenter has been bringing songs and stories to audiences of all ages throughout the world in school, theaters, libraries, at festivals, conferences and in people’s back yards. She has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals and schools, nationally and internationally. Regi is the recipient of many awards, including Storytelling World, Parent’s Choice, and Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award. Her stories have been featured on Sirius Radio, Apple Seed Radio, The Moth, and NPR. Her story Snap! is a winner of the Boston StorySlam. Her written memoir Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner: Stories of a Seared Childhood was hailed as “an unexpected gift that leaves us longing for more.” Booklist Review . 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.