Deep Center presents Deep Speaks Spring 2020, a celebration of creative writing read by Savannah’s young people. Deep Speaks is the culmination of the Young Author Project, Deep’s introductory program that engages public middle and high school students with language and personal stories to help them grow as learners, celebrate their lives and communities, and express themselves with skill, confidence, and courage. In light of COVID-19, Deep Speaks Spring 2020 has gone virtual, with a permanent page on Deep’s website where viewers will be able to watch videos created by our young people themselves, in which a representative writer from each Young Author Project workshop presents a reading of the piece they worked so hard to compose during that challenging Spring 2020 school semester. Youth are selected for the program by a teacher at their school based on demonstrated need, enthusiasm, and dedication. The young authors featured at Deep Speaks this semester were selected from their cohort by Deep volunteer Writing Fellows and staff members to read their original poems and short prose for the world to hear. Works created by all participating youth will be published in four separate anthologies, which are available online, at no cost. To view the Young Author Project Spring 2020 collection on ISSUU, visit www.deepcenter.org/2020/07/01/ young- author- projectspring 2020-on-issuu/.
“In the midst of our current global heartbreak, there must also be room for joy,” explains Maria Zoccola, program manager of Deep’s Young Author Project. “I hope all of Savannah joins me in uplifting and celebrating the voices of the young creatives in the Young Author Project, both through our virtual Deep Speaks and through reading our published anthologies. ”
To view Deep Speaks Spring 2020, visit www.deepcenter.org/deepspeaks spring-2020/.