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Author and Storyteller Regi Carpenter to speak at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Division of Humanities will host an evening with acclaimed author, speaker and storyteller Regi Carpenter on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Hatcher Dining Room of the Rollins Campus Center on the YHC campus. Carpenter will present a special lecture on her new book, “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner: Stories from a Seared Childhood.” This event is free and open to the public. 

Carpenter brings humor and honesty in “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner.” Being the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions, Carpenter shares stories about the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, N.Y. From teenagers struggling to find their identity to disabled veterans grappling with the aftermath of war 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, fortitude, and family.

Carpenter’s writings and blogs about storytelling, ancestry, and identity have been published in various print and online publications.

She 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.

In addition to her work as a performer, coach, and writer, Carpenter 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. She holds a B.F.A. from Ithaca College where she currently teaches storytelling.

For more information, call (706) 379-5136.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2016-2017 list of Colleges of Distinction and is listed as a “Best National Liberal Arts College” by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit