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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
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Contact Festival Director David Audet at or 813-253-7000 x5179

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.

"Interestingly, poetry was the one genre Woolf was afraid to try in any major way, but parts of To the Lighthouse just need some line rearrangement to qualify as lyric poetry", says Mary Kay.

"My poems tend to be lyric, with some mid-length narrative poems. Most recent poems are in free verse. Some earlier poems use traditional forms like haiku and sonnet. Some are light and humorous — others, pointed in their satire.

"Some deal with family, marital, or feminist issues. Others simply deal with what Woolf calls a "moment of being." Some feature characters like Pablo Neruda and Frida Kahlo. Others deal with scenes from South Dakota, New Mexico, and Florida. They are really quite varied!"

She is published in Sunscripts, Poet, Kalliope, Florida English Journal, Galeria, White Mule, and a variety of others. Her most recent publication was in Virginia Woolf Miscellany (2004) & Sandhill Review (2005). Other essays/book reviews can be found in Florida English Journal and an article on Virginia Woolf published in the anthology Woolf and the Real World (Clemson U P, 2005).

Mary Kay has read her poetry in the Thirsty Ear Poetry Series, Three Birds, Nuance Gallery, Barnes & Noble, Cool Beans, Wordart in Lakeland, Beaux Arts in St. Petersburg, local Hillsborough Co. public schools, and Bay Area Writing Project teacher sessions.

She was featured poet at Viva la Frida’s in Tampa on Nov. 1, 2004 with jazz clarinetist, Tony Zaitz, and featured poet at USF Writers’ series in fall 2005.

She has won prizes at HCTE, FCTE, Three Birds (awarded by judge Don Morrill), HCC 25th Anniversary Contest, Beaux Arts Americana Award, Award of Excellence Wordart competition (judged by Peter Meinke), and the Florida Suncoast Writers' Poetry Award in 2000.


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.