Amanda Gorman is an American poet and activist who became the first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017. She gained international attention after reading her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021.
Watch Amanda, who became the United States of America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, share her Moth story about trying to find her big break in auditioning for Broadway. She told her story at our GrandSLAM in Boston that same year, taking home first place.
Alicia Menendez sits down with Amanda Gorman, who at twenty-one years old is already a published author, the first National Youth Poet Laureate, and founder of an initiative in her hometown of Los Angeles that promotes literacy.
For anyone who believes poetry is stuffy or elitist, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman has some characteristically well-chosen words. According to Amanda, poetry is for everyone, because at its core it’s all about connection and collaboration.