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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

Neverne Covington

Art by Neverne Covington
Detail of hand constructed book by Neverne Convington

Neverne Covington is a St. Petersburg artist who creates book art, drawings, mixed media, paintings, prints and sculpture. She is a graduate of Eckerd College and has studied in London, England, and at the University of South Florida.

Artist's Statement

"Nature brims with mystery and intrigue. It is lush, dense and complete. The primal, tangible, and intangible forces that form matter, from which our being, our very nature, emerges... it is this which interests me most. I am fascinated with what was here before, what lives and breathes now, with humankind's relationship to matter..... The being of nature. This fills me with awe and wonder.

"What defines the line between human and animal or plant and animal, between knowledge and acknowledgement? What kind of relationship do we have with the plant and animal kingdom; with the world we inhabit which in so many ways defines how we live ? How do we establish harmony or dominance in the world and where do those boundaries lie?

"In nature, the secrets of life and death in plants and animals parade for us in the place of the known, unknown and the unknowable. With unflinching honesty, nature holds a mirror for us to see how we relate to the world around us.

"Drawing makes me pay attention. It entices me into the mystery of nature and the landscape of memory. It is a way of bringing order to the world I know and to the preconscious world of which I know so little. This feeds my heart and soul and nourishes my art."

Neverne Covington  

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.