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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

Robin Clifford Wood

Robin Clifford Wood
Robin Clifford Wood

Robin Clifford Wood is a writer, musician, and "career mom" living in Hampden, Maine.

Wood attended Yale University, where she studied literature, foreign languages, singing and rugby, graduating cum laude. Her future husband introduced her to Sutton Island, Maine, where they purchased the former summer home of her current subject, writer Rachel Field, in 1994, where Field, and now Wood have both found deep inspiration for their work.

Along the way she has produced (in increasing order of difficulty): music for four children's plays, lots of unpublished (but some copyrighted) verse and songs, several newspaper articles, sixty op-ed columns, a master's degree in English literature from University of Rochester, and four happy children.

Wood recently published an article about living in the home of Rachel Field, in Port City Life Magazine (now issued as Maine Magazine). In researching Field's life for the article, Wood fell even more completely under the spell of the charming author (winner of a Newbery Award for children's literature – Hitty) and determined to tell her whole story.

The research has connected her to people and archive collections from coast to coast, and uncovered tragic details of Rachel's life that have been buried for decades.


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.