Amanda Gorman is the youngest poet in presidential inauguration history, and it’s been a big month for her. She will be reciting poetry at the Super Bowl. Plus, she nabbed a modeling contract with IMG, one of the world’s top modeling agencies this month. And so did Vice President Harris’ stepdaughter Ella Emhoff.
Gorman, wowed Americans with her recitation of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration. Her grace and words struck listeners as hopeful at a time when the country faced multiple crises. It was clear that they were watching a star in the making.
About Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman grew up in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Harvard University in 2020. She is the author of the poetry collection ‘The Hill We Climb’ and ‘The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough’.
In 2017, she was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. She previously served as the youth poet laureate of Los Angeles. Additionally, she is the founder and executive director of One Pen One Page. An organization providing free creative writing programs for underserved youth.
Amanda. We salute you. Read some of the following poem she recited during the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20:
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry,
a sea we must wade
We’ve braved the belly of the beast
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
And yet the dawn is ours
before we knew it
Somehow we do it
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken
but simply unfinished
Watch her full performance on YouTube.
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