On Friday, April 22, Cedar Rapids Prairie junior Johnnie Each will be inaugurated in Des Moines as the 2022 Iowa Student Poet Ambassador (ISPA).
Each will be inaugurated in the State Capitol Rotunda at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 22, as part of National Poetry Month. Representatives from partner organizations will also be in attendance and poetry will be read by the inaugural Iowa Student Poet Ambassador, Shreya Khullar, as well as Each as the 2022 ISPA.
“The Poet Ambassador program recognizes an outstanding, young writer and celebrates poetry and the literary arts in Iowa,” sys Jan Warren, assistant director for Student Services at the Belin-Blank Center in the University of Iowa College of Education, 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. 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.