Amanda Gorman

“There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it; if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

  • Name: Amanda Gorman
  • Born: March 7th, 1998
  • From: Los Angeles, California
  • Occupation: Writer
  • Works: The Hill We Climb And Other Poems, Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Poem Video
  • Awards: Chosen as youth poet laureate of Los Angeles (2014), Chosen as National Youth Poet Laureate (2017), Named on The Root’s “Young Futurists” list (2019), Selected to read at the inauguration of Joe Biden (2021)
  • Fun Fact: At 22 years old, Gorman became the youngest poet ever to read at a US presidential inauguration.

Amanda Gorman is an American writer, poet, and activist. Her work focuses on issues of oppression, feminism, race, and marginalization, as well as the African diaspora. Despite having a speech impediment at a young age, Gorman still finds strength in reciting her poems and speaking. She delivered her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden.


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