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Deep Carnivale 2009

10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday,
Sept. 12-13, 2009
The Performing Arts Building
Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus Tampa Florida
Readings by authors and poets, songs sung by songwriters, child-friendly performances, games, activites, food and non-alcoholic beverages
Children and families, teens, adults and tribal elders
Free and open to the public
More Information
Contact Festival Director David Audet at or 813-253-7000 x5179

Deep Carnivale 2009: Tribute to Tampa Author Susan Hussey

2009 Deep Carnivale Poster
Designed by Kelly Young

The 2009 Deep Carnivale: A Festival of Words, Tampa's premiere literature festival, concluded a successful and widely attended event September 12-13, 2009, in Ybor City, Tampa's historic district.

2009 Highlights

Highlights of the 2009 Deep Carnivale included:

A special tribute to author, playwright and poet Susan Hussey ended Saturday's programming on the Mainstage of the HCC-Ybor Performing Arts Building.

The festival's keynote speaker was John Leland of the New York Times. Mr. Leland is the author of "Why Kerouac Matters" and "Hip: The History" presented a lecture on the Mainstage.

A tribute to the Three Birds Bookstore and Ybor arts scene of the 80's-90's takes was held at the Don Vicente Inn, 1915 14th Street.

A Celebration of the Song Lyric and Spoken Word was presented at the New World Brewery, 1313 E. 8th Ave, Ybor City. The event featured celebrated area musical artists including Rebekah Pulley, Blind Buddy Moody, Geri X, and Shawn Kyle.

2009 Authors, Artists, Musicians

Artists participating in the 2009 Deep Carnivale included:

Sharif Ahmed, All Out Rep, Alley Cat Players, Bradley Arthur, Lisa Birnbaum, Blake High School poets, Blind Buddy Moody, Sally Bosco, David Brown, Karen Brown, Victor and Laura Burge, John Capouya, Kendra Corrie, Audrey Colombe, Community Stepping Stones, Julie Compton, Ami Sallee Corley, Neverne Covington, Silvia Curbelo, Martin Dalmasi, Curtis Davis, David Durney, Ronny Elliott, Langston Epps, Melissa Fair, Eunice Fisher, Florida Craftsman Gallery, Papos Fraisca, George Fuller III, Kerri Gentius, Geri X, Mitzi Gordon, Darrin Guilbeau, Paul Guzzo, HCC Dance, Lee Hinkle, Lizz Holister, Irritable Tribe of Poets, Malcohm Johnson, Chris Jones, Venus Jones, Lori Karpay, Claude Kennedy, Shawn Kyle, Lee Academy, Ed Lehmann, John Leland, Mary Kay Madden, Kendall McGuire, Curtis Meyer, Tony Michaelides, Donald Morrill, Tyree DeShawn Murphy, Magali Naas, Adrienne Nadeau, K.L.Nappier, Rhonda J. Nelson, Rick Olsen, Shana Perkins, Ernesto Piloto-Marquez, Christine Pinnock, Rebekah Pulley, Carol Reingold, Gary Rexroad, Alfredo Rivero, John Russell, Gianna Russo, Chris Rutherford, Alexandria Scott, Chase Shiflet, Enid Shomer, Lizz Straight, Jeff Strand, Grab Szenas, Brian Taylor, James Tokely Sr. - Tampa Poet Laureate, Steve Vaclavik, Ray Villadonga, Robin Wood, Valarie Zell, Yellow Jacket Press.

About Deep Carnivale

Organized by the Artists and Writers Group, Inc., in partnership with Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City Campus, the 2009 festival was the third year of a celebration of writing and reading that brings artists representing a diverse range of writing styles, ages, experience, and cultural backgrounds together to share their love of literature and related art forms with the Tampa Bay community.

Deep Carnivale presents art and activities for all ages, from the playful to the avant garde. Children's Future Hillsborough will provide activities for children ages 4-12, with a wide array of supervised literacy, reading and arts activities.

In addition to readings and art installations, numerous book and publishing house vendors, authors signing tables, writers associations and related organizations, refreshments and live music will add ambience to festival.

What people had to say about last year's Deep Carnivale: A Celebration of Words:

"At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that." (David Warner - Editor, Creative Loafing, 2009)
"[A]n impressive event… a gift that hopefully will continue to grow." (Steve Otto, Tampa Tribune, 2008)
"If you love literature, there's no better place to be on Saturday than Ybor City." (Colette Bancroft, St. Pete Times, 2008)

The Artists and Writers Group, Inc.

Recently reorganized from its previous incarnation in the 1970's-80's, when it was known for unique events, including the famed and notorious Artists and Writers balls in Ybor City, the Group is now devoted to creating partnerships with interested organizations to provide stimulating opportunities for the community to express and share its creativity. The partners and sponsors are dedicated to supporting the Tampa Bay area cultural community with events such as Deep Carnivale: Celebration of Words, Homemade Music Symposium, and the Ybor Festival of the Moving Image.

This event is organized with seed funds from the Ybor City Development Corporation and is presented in partnership with Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City Campus and Children's Future Hillsborough.

If you are interested in being one of our featured artists, authors, vendors, or sponsors, or for general inquiries please contact David Audet, or call 813-253-7000 x5179 at the Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City Campus, 2112 N. 15th Street, Tampa, Florida 33675.


Intelligence Respected

Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."

A Different Sort of Ybor Celebration

Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."

"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."

"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th Street—Deep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments.

"The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."

Comments From Our Fans

"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again. I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.