Amanda Gorman: 5 things to know about the history of being a poet
Amanda Gorman24 years old, is the youngest poetic beauty of the country. She received awards from College Women of the Year and the Webbys, and added inauguration poet to her profile in January 2021. The writer was selected by the first lady, Dr. Jill Bidento join those who like Maya Angelou (her hero) and Robert Frost by reading a poem at the opening ceremony in 2021.
She continued to make an impression not long after, when she was a co-host at Gala Met in 2021 on Monday 13 September. Amanda is one of four stars named in May 2021 as co-chair for the return of the Met Gala, through Vogue. Poet Prize Winners Filled Side Roles Billie Eilish, Naomi Osaka, and Timothée Chalamet. It was certainly an exciting evening for and before the event, she explained how nervous she was, in a July interview with Porter.
“The closest analogy is that it feels like Cinderella goes to the prom,” she says. “I think this is really groundbreaking. I was even more enthusiastic to meet all the other writers and poets who might be rolling out that red carpet in the future. And I hope that, when you see my appearance, you can sense what I am saying loud and clear.”
Amanda actually looked like Cinderella as she wore a gorgeous blue Vera Wang gown to the Met Gala. It’s strapless and full of sparkle, and she paired it with blue lace-up heels as her long hair was pulled into a side braid. She also wears dangling earrings and accentuates her look with sparkling beads on her face.
In 2022, Amanda talks about being a poet, in an interview with NPRand explained that she felt it was “the language of the people” and even compared it to working in a democracy building. “The work of the poet is often the work of building democracy,” she said. “It’s for reconciliation, it’s for connection, cohesion, never for oppression.”
Here are five things you need to know about Amanda and her incredible work:
1. Amanda reads a poem inspired by the siege of the Capitol
Amanda told Related press that the Capitol Hill riots on January 6, 2021 will be mentioned in “The Hill We Climb”, a poem she wrote for Joe Bideninauguration. “That day gave me a second wave of energy to complete the poem,” says Amanda. “Poetry is not blind. It does not turn away from evidence of discord and division. ” Her poem moved viewers, as she reread it at the inauguration.
Amanda shares her thoughts on the riots on Twitter as it happened: “Unarmed blacks were killed in our own homes, our cars, our schools. Meanwhile white protesters stormed the US capital. Racial equality does not mean the death of these white protesters. Equality means those black hearts should have beat today.”
2. Amanda is the first young American poet to win the award
Amanda received the prestigious award in 2017, when she just turned 18 years old. She was praised by the former first lady Michelle Obamaand honored at the Gracie Mansion in New York City with the Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. Amanda performed at the Library of Congress in 2020. Amanda has read poems to a wide variety of celebrity audiences. In addition to Michelle Obama, she also performed for Hillary Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Malala Yousafzaiand former Vice President Al Gorefollow her website. Amanda has also appeared several times on CBS this morning to recite commissioned poems.
3. Amanda reads a poem at Super Bowl LV
After her great performance at the inauguration, Amanda also kick off Super Bowl LV with a beautiful piece, praising needed workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today, we honor our three captains and their actions in a time of uncertainty and need,” she said in part. “They have led, exceeded all expectations, elevating their communities as neighbors, leaders, and educators.”
4. Amanda has published two books on poetry
Amanda published her first poetry collection, Who gives food is not enoughin 2015. In September 2021, her first children’s book came out. Change Sings illustrated by Loren Longillustrator for the former President Barack Obama‘S My Sister’s Sing: A Letter To My Daughter. “As a young girl leading the cast on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to change – big or small – in the world, in their community, and most importantly, in themselves,” the book read description. “Change Sings is a winning call to action for people to use their abilities to make a difference.
Amanda has released a collection of poems, named after her inaugural work The hill we climb and other poems, in March 2021. She is set to re-release the collection in December under the title Call us what we carry. “The moving poem was read at the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden, and exploded in musical language and explored themes of identity, grief, and memory; This song of hope and healing captures a pivotal moment in our nation’s consciousness while being completely timeless,” publisher description book.
5. Amanda is the founder of One Pen One Page
One Pen One Page is an organization that “provides creative writing and publishing opportunities to underserved youth,” Amanda said in an interview with Project for women. “My mother was an English teacher at an inner-city public school, and after seeing the role literacy plays in the lives of students of color, I realized how important it is. any. I started teaching some creative writing workshops at my mom’s school when I was 15 years old, and I’ve received funding from the HERlead program to add a reading rewards initiative, leadership conference, and an online blog. into the work of OPOP. “