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

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

K. L. Nappier

K. L. Nappier
K. L. Nappier

K.L. Nappier didn't intend to join the ranks of maverick writers. Originally published by the Berkeley Publishing Group in the early ‘90's, she tried to toe the popular line, but found she was ill suited to the trends of the mainstream New York publishing houses. In the age before the Internet, while New York houses were interested in formulaic writers, her penchant for "not letting a genre get in the way of a good story" was a liability rather than an asset.

In the latter part of the 1990s, Kathy and her husband "sold everything but the dog", bought a sailing sloop and traveled the upper Caribbean for several years. In 2000, they returned to the U.S., sold the boat and settled in Florida's Tampa Bay area.

In 2004, Kathy re-emerged on the literary scene with Full Wolf Moon, published first as an ebook with Double Dragon Publishing. Part thriller, part horror, part spiritual philosophy and social commentary, Full Wolf Moon won multiple awards in the independent press industry and critical praise among the online independent critics' circles.

Since then, Kathy's work has continued to win awards and critical praise. She has been interviewed on television and in print, as well as via podcast and online radio. She tours regularly with her paperback publisher, Aisling Press, as well as schedules individual readings and signings.

You may learn more about K. L. Nappier at her website


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.