The South Asian Times

18 October 2018 18:37 PM

Indian-American garners prestigious Houston Youth Poet Laureate accolade

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New York: While Carnegie Vanguard High School senior Rukmini Kalamangalam dreams of working at the United Nations one day, for now, she holds the honor of being the first Indian-American to garner Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate title. She took home the Texas city’s 2017 to 2018 title with her poem “After Harvey.”

The 16-year-old award-winner will serve as a cultural arts advisor to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Youth Council for throughout the year she holds the title, according to the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Writers in the Schools in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of Houston, and the Houston Public Library created the competition and award.

Kalamangalam was recognized as the city’s youth poet laureate at the third annual Writers in the Schools Gala on November 10 that was held at The Astorian, which is a premier event venue in Houston. The gala event raised almost $200,000 for the program.

The award recipient was also given a scholarship at the gala, which prior winners attended, the Houston Chronicle relayed. Kalamangalam also received publication in the Houston Chronicle for her poem “After Harvey,” as well as a mentorship from Deborah D.E.E.P.

Update: 30 Nov, 2017