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A star is born: Who is Amanda Gorman after her inauguration reading?

Amanda Gorman became the name of everyone’s lips after she recited a powerful poem at part of Inauguration Day events at Capitol.

The 22-year-old became the sixth poem to perform at a presidential inauguration as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and the entire world watched on.

The talented Youth Poet Laureate wrote the moving poem titled The Hill We Climb, but what else do we know about her?

Here’s all the information you need about her life and history-making career.

Who is Amanda Gorman?

Amanda Gorman is a Los Angeles native who overcame a speech impediment as a child.

The poet has previously explained that she has an auditory processing disorder and is hypersensitive to sound.

She was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles in 2014 when on to publish her first poetry collection, The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough, the year after.

While studying sociology at Harvard University, she became the first National Youth Poet Laureate in the United States.


How did Amanda Gorman become the youngest US inaugural poet?

According to reports, it was president-elect Joe Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, who recommended Amanda for the job.

Indeed, the poet is no stranger to grand ceremonies. In 2017, she read her poem In This Place (An American Lyric) at the inauguration of the 22nd US poet laureate, Tracy K Smith.

However, Amanda admitted she had been struggling to complete her poem before getting inspiration from the scenes that took place on January 6 during the insurrection.

She explained that watching a pro-Trump mob descend on the Capitol helped her to finish The Hill We Climb.

The lines she added where: ‘We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it / Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy / And this effort very nearly succeeded / But while democracy can be periodically delayed / It can never be permanently defeated.’

Was Amanda Gorman inspired by Hamilton?

Yep, the poet is a huge fan of the Broadway play. When she received approval from Lin-Manuel Miranda, she tweeted: Thx@Lin_Manuel! Did you catch the 2@HamiltonMusicalreferences in the inaugural poem? I couldn’t help myself!’

One line from the line clearly referenced the musical’s famous line, ‘History has it’s eyes on you’.

Amanda was heard saying: ‘In this truth, in this faith we trust for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.’

According to the Los Angeles Times, Amanda has plans to run for president in 2036 – the first election cycle when she’ll be old enough to campaign. 

Watch this space…


Credit: Original article published here.

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