Lara Kliewer was honored in the 2015 Letters About Literature awards ceremony at the Des Moines Public Library on May 6.
Kliewer won honorable mention in Iowa for her letter to Neal DeGrasse Tyson about how his book Death by Black Hole affected her personally. She submitted her letter to the national Letters About Literature Contest as part of a first semester freshman English class assignment.
At the ceremony, all of the placing letters were read by their authors after a presentation by Iowa City author-illustrator Claudia McGehee about her book writing process.
“I was semi-nervous when I got in front of everyone to read my letter,” says Kliewer, “but the crowd was mostly families with their children who had letters who won. It was a great joy to meet other writers my age and to talk to them about our stories.”