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Cedar Rapids Prairie High School Student Selected to Serve as Ambassador for Outstanding Poetry

[IOWA CITY, IOWA, April 1, 2022] On Friday, April 22, Cedar Rapids Prairie junior Johnnie Each will be inaugurated in Des Moines as the 2022 Iowa Student Poet Ambassador.

"The Poet Ambassador program 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 Iowa Scholastic Writing Awards. "We are so pleased that Ms. Each will continue in what is now an impressive tradition set by our inaugural Student Poet Ambassador, Shreya Khullar."

The Ambassador was chosen from a select group of students who participated in either the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards or the Iowa Poetry Association. There were two rounds in the selection process: first, a blind reading and ranking of each student's poetry, and then a selection committee made up of individuals from the partner organization selected Ms. Each based on her ability to serve in an ambassadorial role. Ms. Each earned multiple gold medals at both the regional and national level in this year's Scholastic competition for her poetry. She is also the recipient of the Paul Engle Essay Contest, sponsored by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.

Student Poet Ambassador program is a collaboration of the following partner organizations:

  • Belin-Blank Center and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
  • 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. Each will be inaugurated in the Rotunda of the State Capitol at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 22nd, as part of National Poetry Month. Representatives from partner organizations will be in attendance and poetry will be read by Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart, the inaugural Iowa Student Poet Ambassador, Shreya Khullar, and the 2022 ISPA, Johnnie Each.

About Johnnie Each:
Johnnie Each is a junior at Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition to her passion for writing poetry, Johnnie enjoys reading old books, watching movies, having political and philosophical discussions, and hanging out with friends. She describes herself as someone who likes listening to Christmas music in September and who laughs unabashedly at her own jokes. She loves music with poetic lyrics, Indian food, her church, and her family. She is planning on studying English and Creative Writing after graduation.

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