Amanda Gorman

Written by Simon

June 12, 2022

Who is Amanda Gorman?

Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and graduate of Harvard University. Born in Los Angeles, she started writing at a young age and has performed for perform for Lin-Manuel Miranda, Al Gore, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, amongst others.

Amanda's early life

Gorman was raised by her single mother, Joan Wicks. Gorman has an auditory processing disorder and is hypersensitive to sound. She has described her young self as a "weird child" who enjoyed reading and writing, and who was always encouraged by her mother, herself an English teacher.

Los Angeles, birth home of Amanda Gorman

Poet Laureate

In 2017, Amanda Gorman was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word – a program that supports Youth Poets Laureate in more than 60 cities, regions and states nationally.

The White House

The Presidential Inauguration

Gorman read her poem "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, and is the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration in United States history.

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