The long short story: the return of storyteller Joe Hayes

Storyteller Joe Hayes of Santa Fe, NM; Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

When storyteller Joe Hayes was a kid, he loved to chew bubblegum. His teacher always made him spit it out, but he kept another pack in his shirt pocket. That caused his mother some consternation because he’d forget to take the gum out of his pocket before putting his shirt in the wash and the clothing would be ruined.

“But then, one day, something happened, and it changed her mind,” Hayes says of his mother in a recorded performance of his short story “The Gum Chewing Rattler” (youtu.be/mruSVrlyIVg). ”She never got mad at me again for keeping bubblegum in my shirt pocket.”

The long short story: the return of storyteller Joe Hayes

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