Forty of Savannah’s public middle school students will take to the stage of the Historic Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St., at 6:30 p.m., May 15, for the Deep Speaks book launch and literary reading series. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free.
These young authors, among the 122 youths who completed Deep Center’s spring semester Young Author Project, were selected by their peers and Deep’s volunteer writing fellows to read their original poems and short prose. Works by all participating students will be published in four anthologies, which will be on sale for $12 each at the Deep Speaks event and circulated within the Live Oak Public Library system. The spring 2017 anthologies are sponsored by International Paper. All book sales support Deep’s nonprofit creative writing workshops.
“These are some of Chatham County’s most original and fearless young authors, and their writing is brave, hilarious, and honest,” explains Dare Dukes, executive director of Deep Center. This year’s young authors represent 13 of Savannah’s 18 public K-8 and middle schools, and up to 70 percent of the students come from low-income communities. All Deep young authors, selected by their teachers, participated in a rigorous series of after-school writing workshops throughout the spring 2017 semester that were taught by volunteers, who are themselves dedicated creative writers.