Ramya Ramana

Ramya Ramana, 19, is a poet, author, writer, music-maker, activist and humanitarian. Ramana became the first Indian-American New York City Youth Poet Laureate at the age of eighteen and won the New York Knicks Poetry Slam where she was awarded a full scholarship to St. John's University. Ramana toured throughout the city and performed at several notable venues including Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center, Hammerstein Ballroom, City Hall, Joe's Pub, the inauguration of New York City's mayor, Bill De Blasio etc. and has shared stages with several artists including Harry Belafonte, Rosario Dawson, Burning Spear, K. Michelle, Nina Davuluri and even President Bill Clinton. Ramana recently published her first collection of poems "Don't Drown Her in the Baptism," published by Penmanship Books. Through the power of art, Ramana believes, change, love and compassion is possible. [+]