Facts about Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman Biography
Amanda Gorman was in the national spotlight on January 20, 2021, when she gave a reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
Gorman was named the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, when she was 19 years old. A graduate of Harvard University (2020), she was 22 at the time of Biden’s inauguration, making her the youngest poet selected for that honor.
Gorman grew up in Los Angeles with her twin sister and mother, a teacher.
When Gorman was 16, she was named the Youth Poet Laureate for Los Angeles. The next year, she published her first collection, The One for Whom Food is Not Enough.
Her poems focus on themes of social justice and urge activism on a number of issues. Gorman was said to have a fan in Biden’s wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and was invited to speak at the president’s swearing in.