Italy is currently a junior at the Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy. She finds great delight in dissecting poems and analyzing their objectives. Analyzing the objectives, and desires behind each word makes each piece very personal and engaging for her. Although they aren’t Italy’s poems within ownership, each one is very personal to her and in a way feels like a prized possession. Through her participation in Poetry Out Loud, Italy realized her skill in poetry. It helped her self-reflect and find an appreciation and love for poetry that wasn’t just reciting it, but also writing it. Italy is supported by her family, especially her grandmother, aunt, cousin, and brother. She is inspired by artists like Maya Angelou and is passionate about all forms of art that allow her to express herself and be vulnerable behind words or a character.