Women’s History Month: National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman
Amanda Gorman is making history.
She became the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at President Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the Harvard University graduate was named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States in 2017 by Urban Word. The youth poet laureate of Los Angeles, Gorman also became the first poet commissioned to write a poem for the Super Bowl, which she performed at Super Bowl LV on Feb. 2, 2021.
Celebrating Women’s History Month, dig deeper and explore these resources highlighting Poet Amanda Gorman.
- Amanda Gorman Official Website
- Amanda Gorman Named National Youth Poet Laureate (Poetry Foundation)
- Poet Amanda Gorman On How She Prepared For Inauguration Day (Academic Video Online–AVON Alexander Street Press)
- ‘History Has Its Eyes On Us.’ Poet Amanda Gorman Seeks Right Words For Inauguration (NPR)
- “The Hill We Climb,” at President Joe Biden’s Inauguration on January 20, 2021 (TED)
- Using Your Voice is a Political Choice (TED)
- ‘Unity with Purpose’ Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman in Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama (TIME)
- Amanda Gorman reminds us that poetry is not a luxury (Washington Post)
- “Chorus of the Captains” at Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021 (Rolling Stone)
- The Hill We Climb (Coming March 30, 2021)
- Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem (Coming September, 21 2021)
- The Hill We Climb And Other Poems (Coming September, 21 2021)
- The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough (Penmanship Books, 2015—not currently available)
Explore more Women’s History Month resources in this blog by Susan Turkel, Social Sciences Librarian, and this resource list by Merrill Stein, Political Science Librarian.
For help with your research, please contact the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian Jutta Seibert.
Looking for poems by a particular author? Visit the English subject guide.
Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.
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Ms. Gorman’s words still echo in my mind and will for a long time.