Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in United States history. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. Her activism and poetry have been featured on the Today Show, PBS Kids, and CBS This Morning, and in The New York Times, Vogue, and Essence.
In 2017 Ms. Gorman was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word – a program that supports Youth Poet Laureates in more than 60 cities, regions, and states nationally. Her performance of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the 2021 presidential inauguration received critical acclaim and international attention. Ms. Gorman has appeared on numerous magazine covers including TIME, Porter, Variety’s Power of Women issue, Glamour's Women of the Year issue, and Harper’s Bazaar’s Icons issue. In addition, she was the first poet to grace the cover of Vogue. Her debut picture book, Change Sings, and her poetry collection, Call Us What We Carry, were released in 2021, all debuting at #1 on The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists.
Ms. Gorman graduated from Harvard University.