When You Come – A Poem by Maya Angelou. About the poet – Maya Angelou (Born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928) is an American author and poet. Her work includes numerous books on essays and poetry. She also has a long list of plays, movies and TV shows to her credit. She is one of the most credited writers of her generation, with dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of 6 autobiographies encompassing her life.