Deep Center has named 13-year-old Tyler Kipp, an 8th grader from East Broad Street School, as Deep Laureate for fall 2017. The honor recognizes Tyler as one of Savannah’s “deepest” young authors, whose creative writing is among the most skilled, original, and fearless in the county. Tyler’s honest personal narrative, “Anxiety,” won him the honor.
“It means a lot to me that I have been named Deep Laureate,” said Tyler. “I write to make people feel safe, and I want to be known for being a positive force for good.”
Tyler was one of the 145 students who completed Deep Center’s Young Author Project in the fall of 2017, and he was voted to receive the honor by a combination of his program peers, the general public through a social-media campaign, and Deep’s staff. Works by all participating students have been published in four anthologies, which are on sale for $12 at deepkids.com and in circulation within the Live Oak Public Library system. Artist Jingjing Liu has illustrated the covers. All book-sale proceeds support Deep’s nonprofit creative writing workshops.
“Tyler’s writing is courageous and compelling and honest,” explains Dare Dukes, executive director of Deep Center. “He exemplifies the creativity, expressiveness, and leadership we foster at Deep Center. We are so proud of him, and Savannah should be, too.”
The Deep Center runs the Young Author Project in 13 of Savannah’s 18 public K-8 and middle schools, and up to 55 percent of the students come from low-income communities. All Deep young authors, selected by their teachers, participate in a rigorous series of after-school writing workshops throughout the semester. Workshops are taught by volunteers, who are themselves dedicated creative writers.