WATERLOO (KWWL) Ajla Dizdarevic knew at a young that she wanted to do more.
The eleven year-old started writing poetry at nine years old and is now a published author.
"My teachers have always encouraged me to enter poetry contests and one night I just started Googling kid publishers and found the one I am with," Dizdarevic said.
She wrote 50 poems for her current book and says any student could do what she has done.
"Most kids don't have the motivation or don't think they have the option to get published," Dizdarevic said.
She read her poems at the Waterloo Public Library today and hopes those attending took a message of no one is too young to reach for the stars.
"I hope that they enjoy my poetry and it inspires them to say, 'Hey, she can publish a book, so can I' and use my story to help their writing," Dizdarevic said.
She is currently writing a second poetry book and has half of the 50 proposed poems finished. Even though she enjoys all of this writing, in the future she hopes to pursue a career in the medical field and write poetry as a side job.