On November 2nd, this semi-annual literature festival will be held on the Lee Academy campus from 10 am through 5 pm.  Created by the Artists and Writers Group, Deep Carnivale will feature  published authors, poets, scriptwriters, and artists from the area sharing and discussing their work with the audience, including conversations about writing, storytelling and related topics. Campus venues will include Lee Academy’s outdoor stage, its lakefront deck and  multipurpose room, where some authors and filmmakers will project digital images related to their presentation.  Deep Carnivale will include readings by Lee Academy students from 10 am – Noon.  The Upper school A/B’s will be presenting a special homage to the important American poet Mary Oliver, who died in January. The festival is free and open to the public.

Scheduled Presenters, include the following:

Paul Wilborn will discuss/read from his new book about Ybor City, CIGAR CITY: TALES FROM A 1980s CREATIVE GHETTO. David will show some of his photographs illustrating the book.

Ben Montgomery (Tampa Bay Times reporter and author) will discuss GRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE WOMAN WHO SAVED THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography. In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won awards for a series for Tampa Bay Times, “For Their Own Good,” about abuse at Dozier, Florida’s oldest reform school.

Poetry readings are always a major component of DEEP CARNIVALE. Currently scheduled; Silvia Curbelo, Melissa Fair, Lori Karpay, Maureen McDole, Rhonda J. Nelson, Gianna Russo.

Kristy Andersen will present her feature documentary about a Harlem renaissance writer, ZORA NEALE HURSTON: JUMP AT THE SUN, created for the American Masters Series on PBS.

Bob Gonzalez (University of Tampa, head of theater program) will perform NONSENSE with some of his students and discuss the Dadaist influence on language and art in the early 20th century—includes audience participation.

Fred Smith (Young adult author) will discuss writing for teens and his newest book THE COOLEST LABELS.

Musician Ronny Elliott will discuss writing lyrics for his songs and perform original works.