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Jan. 28 - Deep Speaks to Feature Savannah’s Most Talented Young Writers

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January 28, 2019 - Forty-five student authors from Savannah’s public middle schools will take the stage at 5:00 p.m. at the Yamacraw Performing Arts Center, 649 W. Jones Street, on Sunday, Feb. 10, for the Deep Speaks book launch and literary reading. Doors open at 4:45 p.m.

The 2018 fall semester of Deep Center’s Young Author Project served 168 middle school students. The young authors to be featured at Deep Speaks were selected from this group by their peers, Deep volunteer Writing Fellows, and staff members to read their original poems and short prose onstage. Works created by all participating youth will be published in four separate anthologies, which will be available to the public for a suggested donation of $12 each at the Deep Speaks event. The books will also be circulated within the Live Oak Public Library System. All book proceeds will directly support Deep’s nonprofit workshops for public school youth.

“Deep Center has been lifting up the voices of Chatham County public school students for more than a decade,” explains Maria Zoccola, program manager of Deep’s Young Author Project. “Deep Speaks is one of our signature celebrations of Chatham County’s young people and the gifts and power they bring to their communities.”

Deep has grown significantly in its first ten years, and its Young Author Project is now serving 15 public K-8 schools and middle schools. All 168 Deep young authors, selected by their teachers, participated in a rigorous series of after-school writing workshops throughout the fall 2018 semester that were taught by volunteers, who are themselves creative writers.

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