Deep Carnivale 2010 – September 10-12, 2010 – Mark your calendars now!

Deep Carnivale 2010

Friday Sept. 10, 2010
10am to 6pm
Saturday Sept. 11, 2010
1pm to 5pm
Sunday Sept. 12, 2010
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

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Dharma Hour

The Jack Kerouac Writers in Residence Project of Orlando, Inc. has handpicked this troupe of talented, accomplished and emerging writers to share excerpts from their current works.

Experience the poetry of Fay Hart, the imaginative narratives of Vanessa Blakeslee and the gritty fiction of Rachel Kapitan.

Jack Kerouac lived in The Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida in 1957 at the time that "On The Road" was published. Kerouac wrote "The Dharma Bums" while living in Orlando. After some bouncing around, he returned to Florida in 1964 and lived out his remaining years in St. Petersburg, Florida until his death in 1969.

Jack wished to inspire creativity in others and these writers clearly honor that legacy…the real "Beat" that goes on. Connected by a creative fabric, woven with threads pulled from Jack Kerouac's old flannel shirts, this trio exemplifies the high quality of "beatific" writers in our midst. Thanks Jack!

Fay Hart

Fay Hart
Fay Hart

Fay Hart was born in Macclesfield, England, first stopping-off point on her family's immigration route from Ireland. She lived in Chicago, then Indiana and finally Florida, from where she made her way to California. She settled in London for many years, raising a family with the enigmatic Steve Nieve and developing as a poet under the tutelage of Hugo Williams.

Her poems are widely published and anthologized. Fay was selected for the Jack Kerouac Writers in Residence Project of Orlando in 2007. Her first full-length collection, "Yard Sale", is published this year by Shady Lane Press. Fay now divides her time between Florida and Mexico, working on her new book, "Crash Blossoms".

Vanessa Blakeslee

Vanessa Blakeslee
Vanessa Blakeslee

Vanessa Blakeslee is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southern Review, New York Quarterly, The Bellingham Review, Southern Poetry Review and has been recognized by grants and fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, and the United Arts of Central Florida.

She directs Maitland Poets & Writers, a community organization which focuses on expanding the literary arts throughout Central Florida. Read more about Vanessa Blakeslee at her website,

Rachel Leona Kapitan

Rachel Leona Kapitan
Rachel Leona Kapitan

Rachel Leona Kapitan is a self-taught writer living in Orlando, Florida. Her fiction addresses social and ethical issues with emotive, innovative narrative techniques. She has a passion for the spoken word, performing both fiction and poetry throughout the Southeast, and frequently contributes on local radio. She also provides freelance writing and editorial services.

Find Rachel Leona Kapitan on Facebook.

Exquisite Corpse

A crowd favorite of each Deep Carnivale festival is the Exquisite Corpse, a work of writing that is produced serially by participants, each creating a segment based on the last words of the previous poet's work.

Here are the poets producing the 2010 Exquisite Corpse: Diana Ferguson, Melissa Fair, Adrienne Nadeau, Linda Alexander, David Durney, John Meats, Enid Shomer, Summer Rodman, Doreen Horn, Kim Buchheit, Silvia Curbelo, David Audet.

Deep Carnivale Flyer


You too can have your very own personal copy of the 2010 Deep Carnivale Full Color One-Page Flyer. But wait, there's more! It's available in Spanish, as well as English!

The Deep Carnivale staff thanks the ever versatile Peggy Conde for the Spanish translation. Click to download the Spanish or the English version. Likes Pacheco Book


"Lots of color and raucous humor," is how reviewer Craig Pittman of the St. Petersburg Times describes "Tales From the 5th Street Gym, a newly published book by Deep Carnivale featured presenter Ferdie Pacheco.

Pacheco, born and reared in Ybor City, the historic district of Tampa, Florida, will talk about his book (and whatever else the irrepressible story teller wants to talk about) at 10am Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, on the Mainstage in the HCC Performing Arts Building.

You can read more of Pittman's review at

Another Mention

Kim Buchheit Artwork

Colette Bancroft, the St. Petersburg Times' book editor, penned a great preview of the Deep Carnivale festival at "Deep Carnivale celebrates words".

"The family-friendly festival offers plenty of performances, games and activities for children all day Saturday", Bancroft wrote. "As a special treat for kids, the Children's Future Hillsborough program will present author and illustrator Eric Carle reading from a selection of his books, including "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

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.