The 2010 Deep Carnivale is the fourth annual installment in the series of events that have become part of the fabric of Ybor City, the historic district of Tampa, Florida.
The festival's keynote speaker was John Leland of the New York Times. John is the author of "Why Kerouac Matters" and "Hip: The History" and presented a lecture on the Mainstage.
More about Deep Carnivale 2009...
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.
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!
"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 TampaBay.com.
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".
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."
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 StreetóDeep 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."
"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.