The story of Amanda Gorman
By: J. Pastore
Amanda, born in Los Angeles, California, on the 7th of March, has since been an aspiring figure in the influential world. She is known for her career as an activist and a poet, creating literary pieces and addressing the issues of feminism, marginalization, black lives matter and climate change in each.
Gorman actually has a twin sister, Gabrielle Gorman, who was both raised by Joan Wicks (their mother). An interesting fact about them is that both sisters have always had difficulties with speech. Specifically, Amanda sought out poems to fix her problems.
Gorman had been a youth delegate for the United Nations since 2013. In 2014, she was named the inaugural Los Angeles poet Laureate, and this opportunity provided her with the cargo of working at the County of Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations for the development of youth programs.
Her first collection of poetry, which was self-published in 2015, was "The One for Whom Food is not enough". In 2016, Amanda enrolled in Harvard University whilst her sister pursued UCLA. In 2017, Amanda once again impressed everyone around here by becoming the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate whilst still attending university. She eventually graduated in 2020 with a degree in sociology.
After reading her poem 'The Hill we Climb', she became a large public influential figure at the 2021 inauguration of the new U.S. president Joe Biden. Aside from Maya Angelou and a few other poets, Gorman has been one of the only poets to recite a poem at a U.S. presidential inauguration.
In her poem, Gorman addresses a country grieving the losses of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been consuming our lives since 2020, as also the recent events that had happened at the time concerning George Floyd's murder in 2020. Her poem had shaken a vast audience, and from that moment on, she had become a role model for many. Nevertheless, Gorman continued to impress the public and grow socially after her performance at the Superbowl, reciting her poem "Chorus of the Captains". Soon after, Amanda had signed a modelling contract with IMG models worldwide. Her last significant social experience was at the met gala in 2021, where she co-hosted the event with actor Timothee Chalamet, singer Billie Eilish and tennis player Naomi Osaka.
Make sure to check out all her poems and her last published children's book "Change Sings".
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