Deep Carnivale 2010 – September 11-12, 2010 – Mark your calendars now!

Deep Carnivale 2009

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

2009 Authors, Writers, Poets, Songwriters and Artists

We are still selecting artists for the 2009 Deep Carnivale (September 12-13, 2009). Here are the authors, poets and performers who will appear.

Keynote Speaker
John Leland

John Leland
John Leland
(photo by Jeffrey Scales)

John Leland is a reporter for the New York Times and former editor in chief of Details, and he was an original columnist at SPIN magazine.

He is the author of two books, "Hip: The History", and "Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of On the Road". He lives in Manhattan's East Village with his wife, Risa, and son, Jordan.

Robert Christgau of the Village Voice called him "the best American postmod critic (the best new American rock critic period)," and Chuck D of Public Enemy said the nasty parts of the song "Bring the Noise" were written about him.

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Special Tribute
Susan Hussey

Susan Hussy
Susan Hussey

Deep Carnivale 2009 presents a special tribute to Tampa author, playwright and poet, Susan Hussey, who died in February of 2009.

In 1990 Susan co-founded Tampa's independent theater group, The Gorilla Theatre, with the man who would become her husband, Aubrey Hampton.

A playwright and poet, Susan wrote and co-produced a number of award-winning plays, including "Plutography in the Slave Trade", "Christmas Trio", "The Toxic Wave", and "The Dressing Room", which was singled out by the St. Petersburg Times as one of the best 10 shows of 1993, and was later produced off-Broadway in New York.

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Sharif Ahmed

Sharif Ahmed
Sharif Ahmed

Sharif Ahmed is a young keyboard and guitar player for the Tampa band Hypnophonic.
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All Out Rep

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All Out Rep is a new production company dedicated to Tampa-grown art, be it dance, music, theater, visual art or media art. Specializing in collaborations of more than one art form and building a company of performers who can also tour the productions around Tampa and elsewhere.
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The Alley Cat Players

Alley Cat Players
Alley Cat Players

The Alley Cat Players are a literary performance art troupe, characterized by strong female roles, scripts with literary merit, mythic elements and magic realism, collaboration across artistic disciplines, and an ambition to create innovative, unusual performances.
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Bradley Arthur

Wore/Torn
Wore / Torn

During his time at the Center for the Arts at New York Law School, Bradley Arthur worked closely with the Center's director Gustave Harrow, a well-known artists' rights attorney. The experience captivated Bradley's interest in "words as art". The way in which words are used and misused became a focus of Arthurs' work, resulting in a series of words and shadows cut from steel that Arthur calls WORDZWORKX®.
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Lisa Birnbaum

Lisa Birnbaum
Lisa Birnbaum

Lisa Birnbaum teaches writing and literature at The University of Tampa. She is Fiction Editor of Tampa Review. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Apalachee Review, Connecticut Review, Grand Tour, Parting Gifts, Puerto del Sol and Quarter After Eight.
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Blake High School Poets

Alexandria Scott is fifteen, and currently a sophomore at Blake High School, where she majors in Creative Writing. After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year university with a focus in anthropology, and hopes to eventually become a published author.

Chase Shiflet was born in Tampa in the year President Bill Clinton was inaugurated. He is 16 years old and currently attends Blake High School as a Creative Writing major. He mostly enjoys writing short stories, though has been known, when summer heat makes the air shimmer, to write some poetry. He's also working his way up to becoming an accomplished hip hop lyricist. His favorite authors include Raymond Carver, Albert Camus, and William Faulkner. Chase Shiflet also attended, in the summer after his freshman year, the New Smyrna Teen Creative Writing Residency, and, in the summer after his sophomore year, attended the Iowa Young Writer's Studio. He currently resides in Tampa with his parents, a close family friend, and his six dogs.

Curtis Davis was born in 1993 and raised in Tampa. He still has hopes of exploring the rest of the world as his life progresses. He is an eleventh grade student at Blake High School. "I come from a diverse ethnic background because my father is black and Puerto Rican and my mother is white", he says. "This helps me to see the world from lots of angles and I think is reflected in some of my writing. Since I was little I've had a big imagination that is the foundation of my creativity. I began expressing it through drawing first and then finally, writing."

Langston Epps was born in Seattle, Washington, but was raised in Tampa. He is 16 years old and a junior at Blake High School. He mostly writes poetry, having no patience for prose, though he is an avid reader of both forms of writing. His passions include writing, obviously, reading, and long walks on the beach.

Kerri Gentius was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. She enjoys writing poetry and has been doing so for about six years. She occasionally wonders off into prose. Her favorite poet is Saul Williams, who also wrote one of her favorite poems, "Children of the Night". She attends Blake High School and plans to attend college at FAMU, USF, FSU, or UF.

Tyree DeShawn Murphy, born in 1994 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is a student currently attending Blake High School. In elementary school, he was given the title of "Boy Genius". In first grade, he finished all of his work ages before the others, intentionally asked questions he knew the answers to, and got questions wrong on purpose – as though to challenge himself. In seventh grade he began writing small poems to help ease the stress of friends. By eighth grade, Tyree had become interested in music, and began writing his own lyrics, focusing on word play: "Being witty is my game, not those 'hard' lyrics – I need not fame".

Victoria Brodiewas born in Newark, New Jersey, moved to New Port Richey, Florida, and now resides in Tampa. Notorious for delivering the unexpected in any given situation, when she isn't writing, she can often be found singing, banging the keys, attempting to learn a new language, or just being eccentric and downright kooky. An aspiring musician from the day she was born, when Victoria graduates high school she plans on perusing a career in the music industry as a song writer and live performer. As of now her destination is Berlin, and her future is unpredictable.

Martha Villegas and is a Blake High School student studying Creative Writing. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, but moved to the U.S. when she turned six years old. Martha loved to draw and sketch over her school books, but somehow always ended up writing about the picture she wanted to draw. "That's when I decided to pursue writing as a more than a hobby," she says. "I realized this passion in the third grade and since then I've been trying to improve my style with the help of many teachers willing to help me over the years."

Wayne Price is a 10th grade student at Blake High School. He is 15 years old and his passion is poetry. For the past several years that has been his principle focus. Wayne is active in the teen poetry scene in Tampa and greater Florida. He performs with Wally B in the "Heard 'em Say" teen poetry project. He also perfects his craft with his teacher Mrs. Curry at Blake as he learns to write at a different level. He plans to pursue a college degree in English and a graduate degree in fine arts with a concentration in poetry. He continues to make himself known by winning awards and competitions in the local slam poetry movement.

Sally Bosco

Sally Bosco
Sally Bosco

Sally Bosco writes young adult horror and paranormal romance. Her short fiction has appeared in an assortment of literary magazines and anthologies including the Small Bites anthology. She recently received a Master of Arts degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Alt.Death.com is her first published novel.
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Karen Brown

Karen Brown
Karen Brown

Karen Brown grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Tampa for the past 26 years. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. Her first book, Pins and Needles: Stories, won AWP's Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. She teaches at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
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Laura and Victor Burge

Victor and Laura Burge
Victor and Laura Burge

Victor Burge and Laura Aven Burge are a husband and wife team who perform under the band name AvenSound. They are based in the Tampa Bay area and often travel to promote Laura's novel series, "Singing River Story".
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John Capouya

John Capouya
John Capouya

John Capouya is a professor of journalism and writing at the University of Tampa. He was formerly an editor at Newsweek, The New York Times, SmartMoney magazine and New York Newsday, among other publications. Though he has also been a sports writer, covering pro basketball, he knew nothing of wrestling and didn't see his first pro match until he became intrigued by the story of Gorgeous George. That interest led to Capouya's book Gorgeous George, released in September 2008. Capouya's previous book was Real Men Do Yoga (HCI Books, 2003), and his most recent magazine work appeared in Sports Illustrated — an essay about Gorgeous George's enduring impact on today's athletes.
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Roger Chamieh

Work by Roger Chamieh

Roger Chamieh is a British artist currently living in Florida. He received his Master's in Fine Art from Syracuse University in 1997. He is fascinated with the subtleties of contradiction and the fragile yet enduring nature of life.
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Audrey Colombe

Audrey Columbe
Audrey Colombe

Audrey Colombe is a faculty member at the University of Tampa, teaching English and writing in the College of Arts and Letters. Her specialties are fiction writing and American literature, specifically the short story and 19th century African American and women's writing.
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Kendra Corrie

Kendra Corrie
Kendra Corrie

Kendra Corrie is, first and foremost, a stand-up comic who leans on spoken-word poetry as an additional form of expression and connection. While not entirely comedic, her poetic stylings touch on both spiritual and universally human topics.
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Neverne Covington

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Neverne Covington

Neverne Covington is a St. Petersburg artist who creates book art, drawings, mixed media, paintings, prints and sculpture.
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Silvia Curbelo

Silvia Curbelo
Silvia Curbelo

Silvia Curbelo's poetry collections include Ambush (Main Street Rag), and The Secret History of Water, available from Anhinga Press. She has received poetry fellowships from the NEA, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Writer's Voice. New work appears in American Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review and New Madrid, and in the anthologies Never Before (Four Way Books) and Snakebird: Thirty Years of Anhinga Poets.
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Ami Sallee Corley

Ami Sallee Corley
Ami Sallee Corley

Ami Sallee Corley is a free-lance actor, director, producer and arts administrator in Tampa. She has appeared in roles at the Jobsite Theater, in addition to being its managing director, The Gorilla Theater, The Patel Conservatory and The Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center.
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Martin Dalmasi

Martin Dalmasi
Martin Dalmasi

Martin Dalmasi is a Tampa musician, playing the saxophone, flute and piano. A graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, Dalmasi is a noted jazz performer and educator.
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Michael Dalton

Michael Dalton
Michael Dalton

After closing his Clearwater audio store he had operated for 22 years, Michael Dalton was wondering what to do with his life. His macaw, Arielle, gave him the answer one day when the parrot appeared to use some newly learned English words in a new context, a circumstance that Michael believes closely resembles human conversation.
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Jules Dobrowolski

Jules Dobrowolski
Jules Dobrowolski

Jules is a published songwriter from Clearwater, Florida. He regularly performs throughout the Tampa Bay area. A graduate of the Seton Hall School of Law, his day job is mortgage lending. His first CD entitled "Just To Hear You Smile" was released in 2006.
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David Durney

David Durney
David Durney

David Durney: With seven years on the Spoken Word scene, this poet has built a bit of a reputation for himself: having lectured in high schools on the history/current state of Spoken Word, several ESL classes at St. Pete College about dialect and slang, performed across Tampa Bay at various venues, as well as taken the reins, alongside another esteemed poet, of one of Florida's largest and most well-known open mike venues. David has grown into his stage presence. A St Petersburg resident originally from Long Island, NY, this poet can be seen around town almost everywhere.
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Ronny Elliott

Ronny Elliott
Ronny Elliott

Ronny Elliott is a singer, song writer, recording artist and general gadfly. Known for his intellectual, high-flalutin' lyrics, he probably can even explain what a gadfly is. In his own words: "Ronny Elliott is a good eater. He is grumpy but harmless. He plays guitar sorta and writes songs that he sometimes sings if he can remember the words. He sings songs even when he doesn't remember the words. He thinks his hair is still brown."
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George Fuller III

George Fuller III
George Fuller III

George Fuller is relatively new to Tampa and the founder of an employee relations business called Cranial Garage. He says he has "two gorgeous and talented children of 23 and 18 years who hightail it when I pick up the guitar."
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Mitzi Gordon

Mitzi Gordon
Mitzi Gordon

Mitzi Gordon is a Tampa artist, photographer and writer. She is a graduate of New York University with a BA in journalism.
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Paul Guzzo

Paul Guzzo
Paul Guzzo

Along with his brother Pete Guzzo, Paul Guzzo co-founded Tampa Film Reviews, which sponsored free monthly film events that showcased the films of Florida independent filmmakers. Paul has produced four independent films.
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Irritable Band of Poets

Irritable Band of Poets

The Irritable Tribe of Poets, a collective of performing poets and instrumentalists based in Tampa, will be featured performers at the 2009 Deep Carnivale.

The Tribe is an improvisation-oriented ensemble, actively mixing jazz, rock, funk and world-music textures with sundry styles of poetry.
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Richard j

Richard j
Richard j

Richard j can best be described as a jack of all trades. His interests and skills range from acting, stand-up comedy, play writing and spoken word poetry. As a slam poet Richard j. has been around the block, both in Arizona, where he started while in the Air Force, and in the Tampa Bay area, where he eventually landed.
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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones

A student at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, Christopher's major is acting. Christopher calls himself "a man of God" and wants to use his acting skills, and hopefully his future fame, to help people.
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Venus Jones

Venus Jones
Venus Jones

Venus Jones was introduced to the stage at the tender age of nine. She's a former DJ, MTV correspondent, accomplished actress, model, and voice talent who even enjoys the art of standup and singing for fun. As a spoken word artist she becomes one with each enchanting poem she writes. She's a three-time Tampa Bay area slam winner and former slam finalist in the Austin International Poetry Festival. Her poetry has been published in the UK's X magazine, Underground Poetz, Artists Embassy International. She's been a requested feature at The Improv, The Salvador Dali Museum, The Ms. magazine annual cruise fundraiser, performing arts centers, poetry venues, conferences, schools, many universities and festivals across the country.
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Lori Karpay

A native of Tampa, Lori Karpay decided to start blurting and babbling her wildest thoughts in public, finding the right venues to avoid being nabbed and thrown into a room with padded walls. Now, she can voice her thoughts and opinions via creative words with no boundaries and nobody to stop her. Spoken word CDs include The Poet Lori Ate and Chanting on Deaf Ears with the most current soon to be released, Three or Four Cuckoos.

Shawn Kyle

Shawn Kyle
Shawn Kyle

Shawn Kyle is the vocalist and guitar player for the St. Petersburg band The Beauvilles.
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Manny Leto

Manny Leto
Manny Leto

Manny Leto is managing editor of Cigar City Magazine, a local history publication focusing on Ybor City and the Tampa Bay Area. He also is a contributing writer to the "Political Whore", a column in the Tampa Creative Loafing weekly.
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Mary Kay Madden

Mary Kay Madden teaches composition, literature, and creative writing classes at the University of South Florida, and is a Virginia Woolf scholar.
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Curtis Meyer

Curtis Meyer has been gracing stages with his poetry for six years. In those six years, he has served as a founding member of the four-man spoken word troupe Quarantine Unit, and attended 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam five times as a member of Team Orlando between 2005 and 2009.
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Donald Morrill

Donald Morrill
Donald Morrill

Donald Morrill is the author of three books of nonfiction, The Untouched Minutes (winner of the River Teeth Nonfiction Prize), Sounding for Cool and A Stranger's Neighborhood, as well as two volumes of poetry, At the Bottom of the Sky and With Your Back to Half the Day. He has taught at Jilin University, Peoples' Republic of China, and has been a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Lodz, Poland, as well as the Bedell Visiting Writer in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Currently, he is an editor of Tampa Review and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa.

Tony Michaelides

Tony Michaelides
Tony Michaelides

Tony Michaelides has been in the music business for over 30 years and has worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to U2, from The Pixies to The Stone Roses. He will discuss his new book "Insights from the Engine Room", a chronicle of his insider's view of the music industry.
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Blind Buddy Moody

Blind Buddy Moody
Blind Buddy Moody

Blind Buddy Moody is a native Floridian and a veteran of the southern juke joint circuit. He has appeared on bills with George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Sammi Smith, Kenny Price and Ernie Lee. Buddy is a past winner of Florida state championships in vocals, harmonica, dobro and flatpicked guitar. Blind since birth, he has formal music training only on violin and is otherwise a self-taught musician.
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Adrienne Nadeau

Adrienne Nadeau
Adrienne Nadeau

Adrienne Nadeau is an internationally known spoken word artist based in the Tampa Bay area. Since discovering performance poetry six years ago, Adrienne has produced two poetry CDs, traveled on a national tour, lectured at The University of Tampa, and organized poetic summer camps for Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
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Rhonda J. Nelson

Rhonda J. Nelson is a poet whose published work includes Musical Chair (Anhinga Press. 2004) and The Undertow (Rattapallax Press, 2001). She is a Florida Fellow in Poetry 2000-2001, winner of Writer's Exchange 2000, sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc., and the recipient of two Hillsborough County Emerging Artist grants and one Hillsborough County Individual Artist Grant. She is the artistic director of the spoken word band, Irritable Tribe of Poets, and with them has two recordings: Kahlo, and Live at the Salvador Dali Museum.

Brigid Ochshorn

Brigid Ochshorn
Brigid Ochshorn

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Shana Perkins

Shana Perkins
Shana Perkins

Shana Perkins is a Tampa choreographer, teacher and dancer.

Ernesto Piloto-Marquez

Ernesto Piloto-Marquez was born in Havana City, Cuba, and was trained as a pastry chef at Cuba's Culinary Arts School, but always kept alive his dream of becoming an artist. Ultimately, he attended Academia San Alejandro de Bellas Artes, which is the most prestigious and oldest art school in Cuba, where he studied painting and sculpture. After coming to the United States in 2007, he has continued his involvement in the arts. An exhibit of his paintings and collages will be part of the 2009 Deep Carnivale.
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Rebekah Pulley

Rebekah Pulley
Rebekah Pulley

Rebekah began playing the guitar at the age of fifteen and was encouraged by her father Wallace, a full-time country-western musician who played and traveled the country with, among others, early rock-a-billy pioneer Charlie Ryan. Her mother Joan, a former stripper turned housewife and born-again Christian also came from a musical background. Joan's mother traveled and played the upright bass with Tennessee Ernie Ford and such performers of the day.

It's no wonder most of Rebekah's childhood memories were from inside a Winnebago.
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Enid Shomer

Enid Shomer
Enid Shomer

Enid Shomer's poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South: the Year's Best and more than sixty anthologies and textbooks. She is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Stars at Noon: Poems from the life of Jacqueline Cochran (2001) as well as two collections of short fiction: Imaginary Men, which won the Iowa Fiction Prize, and Tourist Season (Random House, 2007), selected for the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" series. Shomer has taught as visiting writer at Florida State, Ohio State (as the Thurber House writer-in-residence) and the University of Arkansas. She lives in Tampa and is at work on a novel for Random House. Since 2002, she has been the poetry series editor for the University of Arkansas Press.
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Elizabeth Straight

Elizabeth 'Lizz' Straight
Elizabeth 'Lizz' Straight

Elizabeth "Lizz" Straight has been on the spoken word scene nationally and internationally for the past eight years. This 28 year-old native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is not only one of the United States' top spoken word artists, but she's also a radio personality and prison activist in Tampa Bay and its surrounding areas. She is currently the host of the weekly poetry show Poetry Is, broadcast weekly on the Tampa, Florida, radio station WMNF. She was WMNF's Programmer of the Year for 2007. Lizz has been applauded for her work in correctional institutions throughout central Florida, bringing poetry inside the walls of the prison system. The Southern Fried Poetry Slam is the second largest slam in the country and she is the only poet to appear on finals stage every year since the first year she entered the competition in 2003 and took first place.
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Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand
Mr. Corpse

Jeff Strand's thriller "Pressure" was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel of 2006, but, alas, he lost to Stephen King. His other demented-yet-funny novels include "Single White Psychopath Seeks Same", "Casket For Sale (Only Used Once)", "The Sinister Mr. Corpse" and "The Haunted Forest Tour". He's also the author of the upcoming short story collection "Gleefully Macabre Tales".
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Judy Tampa

Judy Tampa
Judy Tampa

Judy Tampa: Unapologetic dabbler, inveterate dilettante, midnight rambler.
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James E. Tokley, Sr.

James E Tokley Sr
James E. Tokley, Sr.

James E. Tokley, Sr. is the City of Tampa's first official Poet Laureate and has also been cited by former National Urban League president, John E. Jacob, as the unofficial Poet Laureate of the National Urban League. Tokley's poem Song of the Hillsborough was chosen to represent Hillsborough County, Florida, and is part of the White House Millennium traveling exhibit. Tokley released his debut CD, Urban Griot, to positive public and critical acclaim.
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Steve Vaclavik

Steve Vaclavik
Steve Vaclavik

Robin Clifford Wood

Robin Clifford Wood
Robin Clifford Wood

Robin Clifford Wood is a writer, musician, and "career mom" living in Hampden, Maine. Wood attended Yale University, where she studied literature, foreign languages, singing and rugby, graduating cum laude. Her future husband introduced her to Sutton Island, Maine, where they purchased the former summer home of her current subject, writer Rachel Field, in 1994, where Field, and now Wood have both found deep inspiration for their work.
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Geri X

Bulgarian-born singer-songwriter, Geri X, traveled the better (or worse) part of Europe before settling down in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2005. Her classical training on piano and guitar is infused with the emotional songwriting style. Geris music is equal parts pleasure and pain - as riveting and haunting as it is emotional and uplifting.
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2008 Presenters

Jorge Acosta

Bradley Arthur

Robert Bester

Lisa Birnbaum

Eugenie Bondurant

Karen Brown

John Capouya

Roger Chamieh

Ami Sallee Corley

Silvia Curbelo

Lara Diamond

David Durney

Susan Edwards

Reginald Eldridge, Jr.

Ronny Elliott

Elena Feijoo

Marcia Freespirit

April Gutierrez

Dominick Granados

Bert Gunthner

Lynne Hansen

Lisa Harasiuk

Harry Hayward

Doreen Horn

Darrell House

Julie Ann Howell

Brittany Jae

Walter "Wally B." Jennings

Bob Devin Jones

Venus Jones

Lori Karpay

Carolyn Kossar

Kylie Lance

Charlotte Lee

Mary Kay Madden

Denise Mahaffey

Wayne Mason

Laura Mendes

Susan McClung

John McEwen

Donald Morrill

K. L. Nappier

Rhonda J. Nelson

Brigid Ochshorn

Kathleen Ochshorn

Susan Ohara

James Reese

John Reimer

Tracy Midulla Reller

Laura Rodriguez

Bo Savino.

Enid Shomer

George Skrapits

Tyler Smith

Elizabeth Straight

Jeff Strand

Will Stryffeler

Judy Tampa

James E. Tokley, Sr.

Alex Watson

 

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 StreetDeep 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.