One of Ybor City's best-known native sons will be a featured author at the fourth annual Deep Carnivale: A Celebration of Words.
Ferdie Pacheco, famed fight doctor, painter and raconteur, will read from his latest book, Tales From the 5th Street Gym: Ali, the Dundees, and Miami's Golden Age of Boxing, at 10 a.m. Saturday. The festival takes place Friday evening and all day Saturday on the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus, with a wrap party Sunday at the Silver Meteor Gallery.
Dozens of other Tampa Bay area authors, poets, journalists, songwriters and performing and visual artists will take part in the event, sponsored by the Artists and Writers Group and HCC.
The family-friendly festival offers plenty of performances, games and activities for children all day Saturday. As a special treat for kids, the Children's Future Hillsborough program will present author and illustrator Eric Carle reading from a selection of his books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Also scheduled for Saturday are readings, performances and signings by a diverse group of writers, including Lisa Birnbaum, Vanessa Blakeslee, Karen Brown, Audrey Colombe, Scott Deitche, Paul Guzzo, Venus Jones, Lori Karpay, John Leland, Donald Morrill, Rebekah Pulley, Gianna Russo, T.M. Shine and James Tokley Sr.
Canadian author Bill Gaston, whose 2006 short story The Kite Trick provided the event's name, Deep Carnivale, will talk to festivalgoers via Skype from his home in Victoria, British Columbia.
Workshops will be offered by several writers and artists, including Kristy Andersen, John Capouya, Michael Dalton and Scott Harrell. Among the visual and performing arts groups featured will be Alley Cat Players, All Out Rep, Community Stepping Stones, the Dalí Museum, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, HCC Dance and Irritable Tribe of Poets.
Deep Carnivale director David Audet reports that a previous event favorite will return: the Exquisite Corpse. Don't worry, it's not a sign of a zombie invasion. The Exquisite Corpse concept was invented by the Surrealists back in the 1920s as a kind of artistic game in which one writer would compose a part of a poem or a story, then another would read only the last line and compose the next part, and so on. (The game was also adapted for visual art.)
Deep Carnivale's Exquisite Corpse will be the work of 12 writers: Audet, Diana Ferguson, Melissa Fair, Adrienne Nadeau, Linda Alexander, David Durney, John Meats, Enid Shomer, Summer Rodman, Doreen Horn, Kim Buchheit and Silvia Curbelo. Readings of the finished work will be a highlight of the Deep Carnivale finale, Mors Mortis: Exquisite Corpse, on Sunday.