Amanda S. C. Gorman is an American poet and activist. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race and marginalization, as well as the African community. Gorman was the first person to be named the National Youth Poet. She published The One For Whom Food Is Not Enough in 2015. In 2021, she submitted the poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden. Her groundbreaking poem received international acclaim, and soon after, her two books won bestselling titles and she was awarded a professional management contract. In February 2021, Gorman was listed on Time magazine's 100 Next list in the Phenoms category, with a profile written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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Poet whose material has focused on subjects ranging from feminism to African culture. She gained significant attention after reading her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the January 2021 inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden. At the age of 22, she became the youngest poet ever to read at a presidential inauguration.
She attended a private school in Santa Monica, California called New Roads School from kindergarten through 12th grade. She studied sociology at Harvard University.
She published her first collection of poetry, The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough, in 2015. She became the first National Youth Poet Laureate of the U.S. in 2017. She has over 1.5 million followers on her TheAmandaGorman Twitter account.
She was raised by her mother, Joan Wicks, who worked as a teacher. She has two siblings, including a twin sister named Gabrielle.
Her reading at the 2021 U.S. presidential inauguration came at a historic time, as Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first Black, first female, and first Asian American vice president in U.S. history.
- American Poet Award
- 21st Century African American Activists TM_VZ! Poet of California
- African-American Catholics
- African-American poets
- African-American writers
- The twins are from the United States
Latest information about Amanda Gorman updated on June 14 2021.