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Latina author named DEEP laureate for Winter 2017

  • Krystell Sanchez-Romero. Foto por Anna Brody

Last month, 14-year-old Krystell Sanchez-Romero, an 8th grader from Savannah's East Broad Street School was named Deep Laureate for Winter 2014. The award was presented by Chatham County's Deep Center literacy project and recognized Krystell for “Where I'm from”, an essay she wrote about early memories of her birthplace in Mexico.
Since it's founding in 2008, Deep Center has collaborated with the Savannah Chatham Public School System to host the Young Author Project, a series of after-school writing workshops held in 13 local middle schools where students, known as Deepkids, are encouraged to express themselves by putting pen to paper.
Using local writers as volunteer mentors, the program helps young people learn the basic principles of writing while embarking on a journey of self-discovery in the process. The workshops teach basic principles like how to develop a theme but also teach young writers more advanced concepts like using descriptive words to set the mood for a story as well as the importance of revisions to their work.
Twice a year their works are collected into a set of four anthologies– printed and bound into handsome softcover books illustrated by a professional graphic artist. Each DeepKid votes for their favorite piece from the workshops, and the winners are invited to read their work in front of a live audience at the Historic Savannah Theater. These anthologies are available to the general public for $12 each.
“In addition to the personal growth these students experience when they learn how to express themselves through writing, this program provides the City of Savannah with intangible benefits as well,” DEEP executive director, Dare Dukes said. “Savannah's conversation with itself needs to include diverse perspectives and that's one reason I'm proud we have so many of the school system's Hispanic students participating in our program.”
This was actually the second time in as many weeks that Krystell's writing talents were recognized, since the week before her DEEP award, she also won middle school honors in the seventh annual Leopold’s Ice Cream Creative Writing Challenge. Her poem, “Stop tweeting, start helping” was one of 12 winning entries out of more than 700 submissions.
The Deep Center for Creative Writing is located at the Bull Street Public Library, 2002 Bull Street, in Savannah. For more information about Deep Center and the Young Author Project, please contact Dare Dukes at 912.289.7426 or visit deepkids.com

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017