On January 20, she will become the youngest poet to ever read at a presidential inauguration. Learn more about Dr. Jill Biden’s choice of poet, Amanda Gorman.
Update (9/13/21): Amanda Gorman, 23, will co-host the Met Gala in 2021 on Monday, September 13. Amanda was one of four celebrities appointed as co-chairs for the Met Gala’s comeback in May, according to Vogue. Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, and Timothée Chalamet will join the poet laureate in the role. Amanda is looking forward to an amazing evening. In a July interview with Porter, she expressed her delight.
“The closest analogue is going to the ball as Cinderella,” she remarked. This is very revolutionary, in my opinion. I’m even more excited to see all of the other authors and poets that may be on the red carpet in the future. And I hope you can sense what I’m saying loud and clear when you see my face.”
Porter described the experience as “feel[ing] like being a freshman at a party with seniors,” according to the writer, but it appears that the four co-hosts are getting along well and are well-prepared for the evening. “There’s something unifying about us being young and fresh-faced, but we’ve also become iconic of our own industries. “We are the new generation, and you should be wary,” she said.
She’s the youngest poet laureate in the country. College Women of the Year and the Webby Awards have both given her honors. Amanda Gorman can now add inaugural poet to her list of accomplishments. Amanda, 22, was chosen by Dr. Jill Biden, the incoming first lady, to read a poem at the 2021 inauguration, joining the likes of Maya Angelou (her hero) and Robert Frost. Here are five things to know about Amanda and her amazing work:
1. Amanda Read A Poem Inspired By The Capitol Siege
The brawl on Capitol Hill on January 6 would be highlighted in Amanda’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” which she penned for Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to the Associated Press. Amanda added, “That day gave me a second surge of enthusiasm to finish the poem.” “The poetry isn’t deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly It doesn’t mean ignoring indications of disagreement and division.” When she presented her poetry at the inauguration, it captivated the audience.
As the incident unfolded, Amanda posted on Twitter, “Unarmed black people have been slaughtered in our own homes, our own automobiles, and our own schools.” Meanwhile, white demonstrators go to the streets of Washington, D.C. These white demonstrators will not perish because of racial equality. That those black hearts should have been pounding today if equality existed.”
2. Amanda Is The United States’ 1st Youth Poet Laureate
Amanda got the coveted award while she was only 18 years old, in 2017. Former First Lady Michelle Obama lauded her, and she was honored with Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family at Gracie Mansion in New York City. In 2020, Amanda will perform at the Library of Congress. Amanda has performed poems in front of a number of notable audiences.
According to her website, she has played for Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Malala Yousafzai, and former Vice President Al Gore. Amanda has also performed commissioned poems on CBS This Morning on multiple occasions.
3. Amanda Read A Poem At Super Bowl LV
Amanda started off Super Bowl LV with a wonderful piece, thanking important workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, following her incredible performance at the inauguration. In part, she remarked, “Today, we celebrate our three captains and their acts in a time of uncertainty and necessity.” “As neighbors, leaders, and instructors, they’ve taken the lead, exceeding all expectations and boosting their communities.”
4. Amanda Has Published Two Books Of Poetry
Amanda’s debut collection of poems, The One for Whom Food Isn’t Enough, was published in 2015. Her first children’s book will be published in September 2021. Loren Long, who also drew former President Barack Obama’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, is the illustrator for Change Sings.
According to the book’s synopsis, “as a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical adventure, they realize that they have the capacity to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and, most importantly, in themselves.” “Change Sings is a triumphant call to action for everyone to use their gifts to make a difference,” says the author.
In March 2021, Amanda published a book of poems titled The Hill We Climb And Other Poems, which was inspired by her inaugural poem. In December, she plans to re-release the collection under the title Call Us What We Carry.
The book is described by the publisher as “the stirring poem read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, and bursting with musical language and exploring themes of identity, grief, and memory; this lyric of hope and healing captures an important moment in our country’s consciousness while being utterly timeless.”
5. Amanda Is The Founder Of One Pen One Page
In an interview with The Project For Women, Amanda described One Pen One Page as an organization that “provides creative writing programming and publication chances to marginalized adolescents.” “My mother is an English teacher in an inner-city public school, and seeing the importance of literacy in the lives of students of color made me realize how important it is.
When I was 15, I began teaching creative writing workshops at my mother’s school, and I received financing from the HERlead program to expand OPOP’s work to include a reading rewards project, leadership summit, and online blog.”