By: I. Doherty
Amanda S. C. Gorman, who was born on March 7th 1998, is an American poet and activist. Her work essentially focuses on oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization. Gorman was the country's first National Youth Poet Laureate. She read her poem "The Hill We Climb" at US President Joe Biden's inauguration in 2021. Even though she was already widely known, her poem at the inauguration gave her even more attention from the public. Her inauguration poem won her international attention, and two of her books went on to become best-sellers, as well as a professional management deal. Gorman was featured in Time magazine's 100 Next list in the category of "Phenoms" in February 2021. In addition, Gorman made history when she performed her poem "Chorus of the Captains" at Super Bowl LV, making her the first poet to do so. Most people don't know much of her work beyond "The Hill We Climb", so I will inform you of some of her previous achievements, but before that, here is a little information about the poem "The Hill We Climb":
The poem was written to encourage unity, collaboration, and togetherness among Americans and to stress the opportunities that await in the future. The message, phrasing and delivery of the poem were all praised as well as the recitation was widely regarded as one of the highlights of the inauguration by the critics. However, many people thought the poem was a call for unification that would be relevant long after the inauguration.
Gorman was named Los Angeles' first youth poet laureate in 2014. In 2014 she was also editing the first draft of her novel. In 2015 she released the poetry collection The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough. Gorman established a nonprofit organization called One Pen One Page, a youth writing program and leadership initiative, in 2016. In 2017 she was the first author to be featured on the XQ Institutes Book of the Month, a monthly giveaway that showcases Gen z's favourite novels. She has a book agreement with Viking Children's Books to write two children's picture books, and she created a homage to black athletes for Nike.
Gorman was the first person to be awarded National Youth Poet Laureate while at Harvard. She was sleeted from a group of five finalists. Gorman was awarded a $10,000 grant by media business OZY in 2017. As part of the annual OZY Genius Awards, which provided ten college students with the opportunity to pursue their remarkable ideas and envisioned advancements. Gorman was named to The Root magazine's annual list of the 25 finest and brightest young African Americans who succeed in justice and activism, art and culture, enterprise and corporate innovation, science and technology and green innovation in 2019.
Gorman stated in 2017 that she intends to run for president in 2036, and she has since repeated this wish. She was named one of Glamour magazine's 2018 "It girls". She said that "Seeing the ways in which I, as a young black woman, can inspire people is something I want to continue in politics," she added. I don't want to just talk about ideas; I want to put them into practice."
Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for Gorman's 2036 ambition when she performed her poem "The Hill We Climb" at President Joe Biden's inauguration in 2021.