Amanda Gorman Biography
A native of Los Angeles, California, Amanda Gorman is an American poet and activist whose work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization.
She is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.
In 2015, Gorman published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough
Amanda Gorman Age
Gorman was born in 1998. She is 23 years old as of 2020.
Amanda Gorman Parents
Gorman is the daughter of Joan Wicks. She was raised by her mother who is a teacher. Her mother holds a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.
Gorman has described her young self as a “weird child” who enjoyed reading and writing. She was encouraged by her mother.
Amanda Gorman Education
Gorman attended New Roads, a prestigious private school in Santa Monica, for grades K-12. She went on to join Harvard University. While at the university, she became the first person to be named national youth poet laureate in April 2017.
Amanda Gorman Joe Biden’s Inauguration
Gorman will perform a poetry reading at Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021. She will become the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration.
Amanda Gorman Book
In 2015, Gorman published the poetry book The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough.
In 2017, she became the first author to be featured on XQ Institute’s Book of the Month, a monthly giveaway to share inspiring Gen Z’s favorite books. Gorman also has a book deal with Viking Children’s Books to write two children’s picture books.
Amanda Gorman Inauguration Poem
We will soon be updating the whole of Amanda’s poem that she performed at President Joe Biden’s Inauguration ceremony. The poem is titled “The Hill We Climb.” It read in part;
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.
Amanda Gorman Graduation Poem
Gorman graduated from Havard University in 2020. Below is the poem she wrote for the graduation and the class of 2020.
Today, we burst into a new world.
Around the globe,
You might not have your robe,
But this is our ode, our moment. Let’s own it.
Let’s smile, because we didn’t mount this milestone alone.
This took a village.
We are the impossible image seen
Only in our ancestors’ wildest dreams.
This is a rite of passage, but more so a passage of light.
We’re the bright torch that
Never quits burning, never stops learning.
This night too shall pass,
And when it does,
This 2020 Class
Won’t just navigate a new normal.
Together, we’ll build a better one.
We come to this commencement to search no more– We’re the good news we’ve been looking for,
Demonstrating that every dusk has a dawn disguised within it.
Today, we don’t burst into a new world. We begin it.
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