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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


Artists and Writers Group members
Artists and Writers Group members display Deep Carnivale poster. Front row: (left to right) David Audet, Greg Musselman; middle row: Charlotte Lee, Hampton Dohrman, Lynne Hansen, Ami Sallee Corley, Ray Zilla; back row: Lori Karpay, Sally Bosco.

Deep Carnivale is produced by The Artists and Writers Group, Inc.

Members of the festival planning committee are: David Audet, Gary Burge, Silvia Curbelo, Lisa Ciurro, T. Hampton Dohrman, Ronny Elliott, Bill Elmendorf, Jim Graves, Janet Henderson, Lori Karpay, Carolyn Kossar, Charlotte Lee, Peggy Lee, Susan McClung, Michael A. Murphy, Chip Neville, Kathleen Ochshorn, John Reimer and Judy Tampa.

About the Name "Deep Carnivale"

The title for the festival comes from a short story by Canadian writer, Bill Gaston.

In his short story, The Kite Trick, the main character uses the phrase often. An important part of the story lies in the character's definition of the phrase and will not be given here.

However, we wish to both thank and offer best wishes to Neverne Covington for bringing the story to the attention of the festival and to this day, her wedding day. Neverne, the festival staff, artists and writers all wish you and Don great happiness.

And while we can only promise this wedding gift, we hope to have Bill Gaston attend a future festival. Deep Carnivale!

Guest Column St. Petersburg Times-City Times-Friday. August 31, 2007
New Role for Artists and Writers Group

Dear Tampa Bay Communities:

The Artists and Writers Group, Inc. has recently reorganized from its previous incarnation in the 1970-80s when it was known for unique events, including the Artists and Writers balls in Ybor City. The Group is now developing partnerships with interested organizations to provide stimulating opportunities for our community to express and share its creativity.

Deep Carnivale: A Celebration of Words is an example of this effort. This new literary festival will bring Florida authors, writers and poets together to share a celebration of literature and writing with the Tampa Bay community.

One goal of the festival is to excite our children and young adults about the pleasures of reading and using the written and spoken word creatively in its many wonderful and diverse forms. Another goal is to illuminate the numerous talented writers living in our community, and a third goal is to provide a new opportunity to emerging authors to develop their audience.

This free, family-friendly street festival will take place in the National Historic District of Ybor City, from the corner of 9th Avenue along the brick-covered 14th Street (Republica de Cuba) to Palm Avenue. This venue was chosen for its proximity to Hillsborough Community College and the historical landmarks of El Pasaje, Ybor Square and the Cuban Club. The lovely, tree-lined HCC patio, the Ybor Room, and the Cuban Club will be excellent venues for the readings and performances.

The Artists and Writers Group, with enthusiastic support from Hillsborough Community College-Ybor and campus president, Dr. Sylvia Carley, the Ybor City Development Corporation, the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative and the Cuban Club, anticipate this literature festival to develop into a historic district-wide, three-day event. Other sponsors include Tampa Review, The University of Tampa Press, Ybor City Saturday Market and Grown Man Brand.

With authors, artists, book sellers and community organizations involved and programming designed to appeal from the youngest to the most sophisticated, and with community support, this inaugural event is well on its way to becoming a flagship event for Ybor City and Tampa Bay.

David Audet
Artists and Writers Group, Inc.


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 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."

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.