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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

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.

He is the 2007 and 2008 Broken Speech Grand Slam Champion and the 2009 Broken Speech Grand Slam runner-up.

His father is Edward Meyer, Vice President of Museums and Archives for Ripley's Believe it or Not!, and likely because of this, Curtis' poems tend to discuss and dissect weird issues and stories uncommon to the realm of poetry.

A journalism major and creative writing minor at the University of Central Florida, his work has been published in several collections and he is currently selling copies his first solo album, "Certainty".

He has a website, as well as Facebook and email addresses, but he doesn't expect you to remember so much information, so he'd much prefer you approach him and strike up a conversation one-on-one.

Don't worry, like snakes, Curtis is more afraid of you than you are of him.

Lastly, Curtis' favorite punctuation mark is the semi-colon, and thinks it's extremely pretentious for anyone to write about their accomplishments in third person.


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.