Written By: Girl Tyler
Amanda Gorman captivated millions of hearts around the globe during her history-making moment at the 2021 Presidential inauguration.President Joe Biden hand-picked Amanda to read her original poem, “The Hill We Climb.” Amanda became the youngest inaugural poet to receive this honor. Wearing a bright yellow coat crowned with a classic braided updo, Amanda bridged the gap as the nation transitioned into a sense of ease. Her elegance, poise, and way with words are breathtaking. Amanda is a role model for children and teens all around the world. Here are five more reasons why we are team Amanda!
Amanda is a humanitarian at her core
The 23-year-old from Los Angeles is a Harvard grad with a heart for people. Amanda made her mark as the first poet commissioned to write a poem for the 2021 Super Bowl. Her poem, “Chorus of the Captains” honored the lives of three frontline essential workers.
Amanda demonstrates perseverance
Amanda and her twin sister were born prematurely and she later developed a speech impediment. She turned this into a method of empowerment. In interviews, Amanda has noted that she worked to improve her speech articulation by writing and reciting her original poetry.
She has new material on the way
Amanda’s debut poetry collection, also titled “The Hill We Climb,” will include her poem from the inauguration and is set for a September release. Her debut picture book, “Change Sings,” will be released on the same day.
Amanda is in the business of supporting the next generation
Amanda formerly served as a United Nations Youth Delegate at age 16 and has appeared on countless network broadcasts. Amanda is the youngest board member of 826 National, the largest youth writing network in the United States.
She’s history in the making
Amanda was named as the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States in 2017 and we have a feeling that she is just getting started.