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

Paul Guzzo

Pete and Paul Guzzo
Pete (left) and Paul Guzzo
Photo by Daniel Wallace – St. Petersburg Times

Born and raised in Trenton, NJ, Paul Guzzo moved to Tampa, Fl. in 1999. He received his BA in Journalism from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. For the past nine years, he has been a writer for La Gaceta Newspaper, the nation's only tri-lingual newspaper (English, Spanish and Italian), located in Ybor City in Tampa, Florida.

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

Recently, Paul and Pete were named the "Best Reasons to Believe the Local Film Scene Is Alive and Well" by the Tampa publication The Weekly Planet (now Creative Loafing), and "Creatives of the Week" by Tampa Bay's Media Talk Radio Show. Paul was also chosen an inaugural member of the Gasparilla Film Festival Board of Directors.

Paul has produced four independent films: "Joyce Story", the award-winning short "The Dance", the multi-award winning feature film "99", and "The Ghosts of Ybor", a series of films about Ybor City.


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.