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

Sally Bosco

Sally Bosco
Sally Bosco

Sally Bosco is a graphic designer and software trainer by day, mistress of the macabre by night.

Sally had an idyllic childhood in Cheshire, Conn. where she lived in a white farmhouse surrounded by trees and a lush green lawn.

"My most vivid memory is of the summer parties out on the lawn with croquet and badminton, multi-colored Chinese paper lanterns hanging from the trees, the smell of citronella candles as the night drew near."

Her dad had a home cabinet-making business and she remembers fondly his coming home for lunch daily and helping her build little projects of her own.

"Having had that time with my parents is a treasure beyond words. But I was an only child, a loner and all around spooky kid with a fascination with the supernatural. Early out-of-body experiences made me realize that the physical world is only a fraction of what actually exists. Throughout school I was an artist and dancer. Sometimes I think the main thing I wanted in life was to be Isadora Duncan."

She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee and began as a dance major, then got practical and switched to graphic design, finally graduating from University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Art.

Early writing influences were: Ray Bradbury (R is for Rocket), Robert Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land and Friday), Herman Hesse (Steppenwolf and Demian), Anais Nin (Cities of the Interior), D.H. Lawrence (Lady Chatterly's Lover), Collette (Cheri and The Rainy Moon), Lawrence Durrell (Justine), William Shakespeare (The Tempest) and Isadora Duncan (My Life).

More recent influences are: Lucy Taylor (Unnatural Acts), Tannith Lee (Dark Dance), Donald Barthelme (Overnight to Many Distant Cities), Andrei Codrescu (The Blood Countess), Nicholson Baker (Vox and The Fermata) and Mark Danielewski (House of Leaves).

"I feel as though I carry all of these writers around inside of me. The books I read at an early age had a profound effect upon my view of the world.

"We exist on many levels, and have multiple shadow personalities. Especially writers, who have all of our characters living within us. I am equally the satanic male magician; the child who has lethal dust bunnies living under his bed; the teenage girl who, dabbling in the black arts, finds herself possessed; and the boy who finds the gateway to an alien dimension in his back yard.

"The scariest things are subtle. When you're alone at two am you might feel something touch the back of your hair and get a chill throughout your whole body, or see an unnatural shadow floating behind you in the mirror.

"I am inexplicably drawn to the dark side, mainly because it is so much fun. People need an escape from their daily reality. I like writing YA because young people are grappling with identity issues and teenage angst. In many ways I still strongly relate."

Sally recently earned a Master of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Seton Hill University in Greensburgh, Pennsylvania.

She lives in Florida with undoubtedly the most spoiled cat in the world, MiniKitty.


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.