Iowa City West High School Student Selected to Serve as Ambassador for Outstanding Poetry

On Friday, April 30, Iowa City West High junior Shreya Khullar will be inaugurated in Des Moines as Iowa’s first Student Poet Ambassador.

“The Iowa Student Poet Ambassador is an exciting new program that recognizes an outstanding, young writer and celebrates poetry and the literary arts in Iowa,” said Jan Warren, Assistant Director for Student Services at the Belin-Blank Center and Coordinator of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Iowa and Midwest Region-at-Large.

The Ambassador was selected from a pool of over 300 creative writing entries, including more than 100 pieces of poetry, from students across the state. Ms. Khullar earned multiple gold medals in this year’s Scholastic competition. A selection committee made up of individuals from the partner organization selected Ms. Khullar based on her poetry and ability to serve in an ambassadorial role. The Iowa Student Poet Ambassador program is a collaboration of the following partner organizations:

  • Belin-Blank Center and the Scholastic Art & Writing Award
  • Iowa Arts Council
  • Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature
  • Iowa Library Association
  • Iowa Poet Laureate Program
  • Iowa Poetry Association
  • State Library of Iowa/Iowa Center for the Book
  • University of Iowa Arts Share

Ms. Khullar will be inaugurated in the rotunda of the State Capitol at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th, the last day of National Poetry Month. Representatives from partner organizations will be in attendance and poetry will be read by Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart and the inaugural Iowa Student Poet Ambassador, Shreya Khullar.

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