Allan Monga is a student poet in the Creative Young Leaders Alliance program of the Aspen Institute and 19-year-old junior at Deering High School in Portland, ME. He was born and raised in Zambia and moved to the United States in the summer of 2017. In April 2018, as the Maine finalist in the Poetry Out Loud competition, Monga successfully petitioned the courts to compete as a noncitizen in the national championships in Washington, DC. He is a middle child, with two older and two younger sisters, and his favorite subjects in school include English and physics. Monga intends to pursue a career as a commercial pilot.