SAVANNAH, Ga. (February 15, 2018) — 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.
Deep Center is a nonprofit that provides free, fun and rigorous writing workshops for public school students in Savannah, Georgia. Deep connects kids with a thriving community of writing mentors—local authors, poets, and journalists—to help them share their stories. Deep Center is funded in part by the Adler Family Foundation, the City of Savannah, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, the Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Power, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, the Hodge Foundation, International Paper, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Writing Project, Publix Charities, the Savannah Community Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the United Way of the Coastal Empire, and many generous institutions and individuals.
Photos of Tyler and examples of his writing can be found here: http://www.deepkids.com/deep-press.
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